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    Question Where are the Fire Escapes?

    People Jump From Apartment to Escape Fire
    Residents of Colorado Apartment Complex Jump to Escape Fire; Neighbors Catch Babies

    The Associated Press


    THORNTON, Colo. July 4, 2004 About a dozen people jumped from a three-story apartment complex to escape a fire Sunday. Some babies were thrown to safety from the upper floors to neighbors below, officials said.

    Between 10 and 14 people who jumped from second- and third-story balconies were taken to hospitals with broken bones and other injuries, said Sgt. Louis Dixon of the Adams County Sheriff's Office.

    Flames were shooting from the building when firefighters arrived around 1:30 a.m. Some people fled their apartments with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

    According to witnesses, neighbors caught babies thrown from the upper floors of the Corona Village Apartments in unincorporated Adams County. At least eight families were left homeless.

    The cause of the fire was under investigation.



    Why is that people in a three story apartment building don't have fire escapes?? This issue has even been highlighted by Prof. Francis Brannignan before. I'm sure estetics(sp?) are one reason these cities don't allow them but come on. There should be no reason this many people had to jump.

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    Question What do they tell you???

    I think this article brings up an excellent drill topic.

    -How many apartments are serviced by these fire escapes?
    -What do these fire escapes tell you about the number of apartments per floor.

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    Looks like there are 2 apartments per floor,building is splint in the middle.

    Could also be 2 apartments in the rear half.

    Then again,one of those windows could be a common hallway.

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    Without seeing the rear, you would have to assume 4 per floor with a rear fire escape. Altough we have a few in our area with front fire escapes and no rear fire escapes (very important for the OVM or Roofman to report)

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    Like Matty said, assume 4 per floor. That is until someone (Roof or OV) reports otherwise.

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