Sunday, January 08, 2006
Hotels & Fires
Most deadly combination of a building and fire.When people are caught in a hotel fire, it can be even more disorienting than at home, because they are in unfamiliar surroundings, often asleep. In 1980, a fire at the 26-story MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas killed 85 people. A few months later, a fire at the Las Vegas Hilton killed eight more. A 1993 fire at Chicago's residential Paxton Hotel killed 20 people.Most of 5* high class hotel don't have a fire sprinkler system.We must force them retrofitting their hotels with sprinkler system.
"The cost of retrofitting existing buildings with sprinklers was enormous,But as we saw with the Pioneer Hotel fire (49 life loss), the cost of not having them was even greater." Capt. Joe Gulotta of the Tucson Fire Department