Charleston Tragedy

  • Let Us Use the Knowledge Wisely

    Like many of you, I spent yesterday afternoon downloading and reviewing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report on the fatal fire in Charleston, SC, back in 2007. The two-part treatise on the fire and their investigation of it was...

    Article • October 29th, 2010

  • NIST Releases Report on Sofa Super Store Fire

    For nine Charleston firefighters, the June 18, 2007 call was their final alarm.

    Article • October 28th, 2010

  • Sofa Store Wants Charleston Listed in Suit

    Attorneys for the Sofa Super Store where nine Charleston firefighters died more than two years ago want the city of Charleston made a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit.CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Attorneys for the Sofa Super Store where nine...

    Article • August 3rd, 2009

  • Honoring the Charleston Nine Through Inspections and Pre-Fire Plans

    The idea has been shared with the fire service nationwide to show the importance of fire prevention inspections, of pre-planning and showing the families of the fallen firefighters their sacrifice has not been forgotten.

    Article • June 15th, 2009

  • Memorial, HQ Planned for Charleston Site

    The site where nine city firefighters died in 2007 may be transformed into a memorial as well as a training and education facility.CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The site where nine city firefighters died in 2007 may be transformed into a memorial as well as a...

    Article • May 27th, 2009

  • NIOSH Releases Report on Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire

    The NIOSH investigators made numerous suggestions after spending months probing the operations.  The long-awaited NIOSH investigation of the deadly Charleston furniture store -- released Thursday afternoon -- contains a multitude of suggestions but no...

    Article • February 12th, 2009

  • Charleston's ISO Rating Slips

    City's ISO rating downgraded from 1 to 3.9 CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The ISO rating for the Charleston Fire Department has slipped to 3.9, Fire Chief Tom Carr told his firefighters Friday morning. The city boasted about its ISO 1 rating by marking its fire...

    Article • December 19th, 2008

  • New Charleston Chief Has Rebuilding Process Under Way

    Tom Carr, who will be formally sworn in this afternoon, already is on the job Tom Carr always planned on moving to Charleston someday.

    Article • November 7th, 2008

  • Carr Confirmed as Chief by Charleston Council

    He will take the white helmet in Charleston next month. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Chief Thomas Carr received a unanimous nod from the Charleston city council here Tuesday night to take over the fire department. Carr, who heads the Montgomery County, MD...

    Article • October 8th, 2008

  • At Memorial Weekend, Charleston 9 Remembered

    Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was visibly moved by the National Fallen Firefighters' Memorial Service on Sunday. EMMITSBURG, MD -- Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was visibly moved by the National Fallen Firefighters' Memorial Service on Sunday. Nine Charleston...

    Article • October 6th, 2008

  • New Charleston Chief Talks About Appointment

    Montgomery County, Md. Chief Tom Carr was introduced as the new head of the Charleston Fire Department on Monday. While changes -- many of them -- are inevitable in the Charleston Fire Department, the man selected to make them will be taking his time. "My...

    Article • September 30th, 2008

  • Thomas Carr Named Chief of Charleston Fire Department

    Montgomery County, Md. Fire Chief Thomas Carr is the mayor's choice to replace Rusty Thomas. Montgomery County, Md. Fire Chief Thomas Carr was named as the new fire chief of Charleston, S.C. Mayor Joe Riley made his selection known during a press...

    Article • September 29th, 2008

  • Top Candidates Named for Charleston Chief

    The list of candidates to take the helm of the Charleston Fire Department has been whittled down to seven. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The list of candidates to take the helm of the Charleston Fire Department has been whittled down to seven. Mayor Joe Riley...

    Article • September 19th, 2008

  • Charleston Chief Rusty Thomas Says Final Farewell

    After the anniversary memorial service at the site last Wednesday night, Chief Rusty Thomas went home and hung up his uniform for good. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Chief Rusty Thomas donned his Class A uniform for the last time June 18. That date used to be a...

    Article • June 26th, 2008

  • Embattled Charleston Chief Rusty Thomas Breaks Silence, Remembers Fallen Comrades

    The embattled chief -- who resigned last month on the eve of the release of a controversial report -- broke his silence Tuesday to speak about the fallen heroes. CHARLESTON, S.C. -- June 18 will be an especially emotional day here. The city will pause...

    Article • June 17th, 2008

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