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Panic Blamed for Deaths of 15 In New Haven Holocaust

Issue 3 and Volume 110.

Panic Blamed for Deaths of 15 In New Haven Holocaust FEATURES PANIC, which might have been prevented with simple exit fire drills, was blamed as the primary contributing cause of the death of 15 persons and injury to 25 others in the destruction by fire of an ancient brick-wood joist factory in New Haven, Conn., on January 24. The building involved, located at 62 Franklin Street, was typical of the milltype factories of nearly a century ago scattered throughout New England. The wood in such structures is dry and highly combustible. In addition, like so many others, it had elevator shafts and stairways which provided a perfect avenue for spread of the fire (see Fig. 1). The four-and-a-half-story factory was ell-shaped and measured approximately 60 by 120 feet. It was more than 90 years old. Businesses located in the building included the Thomas Machinery Sales Co. and the S. L.…

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