ABSTRACT

U.S. Fire Administration/Technical Report Series: Sixteen-Fatality Fire in High-rise Residence for the Elderly, Johnson City, Tennessee   [open pdf - 5MB]

"A Christmas Eve fire that caused the death of 14 residents and two visitors occurred at the John Sevier Center, a high-rise residence for the elderly, in Johnson City, Tennessee. It also injured about 50 other people including 15 firefighters. [...] The building had a history of 'false alarms,' which may have caused some of the occupants not to be too concerned even if the alarm was heard. Many of those who were able to make it out on their own in the early stages of the fire simply wandered off, or were treated and released by rescue workers. Others were assisted by their families and friends. Red Cross workers tried desperately to determine who and how many occupants were still left in the building."

Report Number:
USFA-TR-039/December 1989
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Date:
1989-12
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Public Domain
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Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS)
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pdf
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application/pdf
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