Posted on 04/04/2023 in Building & Construction Fire Safety 2023
High-rise fire Chicago

Rapid fire spread up nine floors of a high-rise building, Kenwood, Chicago, 25 Jan. 2023, killing one and injuring nine. The fire is indicated to have been started by smoking materials igniting combustibles in a bedroom. The fire spread rapidly upwards from the 15th to the top (24th) floor of the building, probably pushed by wind, but did not spread sideways. The 25 year old, 300 flat building had an ongoing record of fire safety inspection failures concerning alarm systems, fire system inspection and testing, water supply to fire installations, door tags and failure to file a high-rise exterior wall report.

“Deadly high-rise fire caused by careless use of smoking materials, Chicago Fire Department says”

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