Apartment Survey for Charlotte
As a result of the Guthery apartment house fire on March 15, in which eight persons lost their lives, a movement is on in the Charlotte City Council for a survey of all buildings more than two stories high to determine if they are properly equipped with exits and fire escapes. One councilman has proposed that the Charlotte Safety Code should be revised to require the most modern safety facilities in all buildings constructed in Charlotte.
Following the Guthery fire, Sherwood Brockwell, State Fire Marshal, Raleigh, N. C., said that the North Carolina state law on fire exits in apartment houses requires that on each floor there should be two separate and distinct stairways to which every occupant has easy access. Fire Marshal Brockwell was under the impression that the Guthery apartments were equipped with stairways according to the law. He pointed out that the trouble in fires like this one is not that there are inadequate means of leaving the building, but that smoke makes people panicky. Furthermore a person in a fire is just like a person who is drowning. He loses his self control.