Friday, June 4, 2010

Memorial Day 05-31-2010 - Did not end the way it should have.

My life is full of excitement - it seems. This kind of excitement I could have done without. By no means is the building that I live in "top class", however I do like living here, especially with my view. The high-rise is a cement building and is very safe - much more so than the newer buildings that are going up.

The article below will give you a clue to what happened that evening. Not everything that was reported on TV or in the paper is correct. Many news reports kept saying the building was evacuated - it was not - only the 10th floor and some on the 11th floor and those that left their rooms.

This building does need to become a non-smoking building and apartment checks need to be done at least quarterly to alleviate hoarding. And yes, we do have smokers that are on oxygen.

I am sorry this happened but maybe now changes, for the better, will happen.

Smoking May Have Been Factor In Fatal Denver Fire
The assisted-living high-rise (The assisted living building is not a high-rise.) where a 79-year-old woman died in a fire has been cited for failing to conduct the quarterly fire drills required by city code.

Denver Fire Department spokesman Phil Champagne said the scene was chaotic at Francis Heights Apartments, 2626 Osceola St., on Monday night, and residents failed to follow instructions given by firefighters over the building's public-address system.

Firefighters had the fire contained to the woman's 10th floor apartment, and other residents were instructed to stay in their units until they could be assisted. Instead, they opened their doors, letting more smoke flow into their units as they wandered into smoke-choked hallways, Champagne said.

Firefighters then had to turn their attention away from the fire and pass their oxygen masks to residents to immediately evacuate them. Four residents were treated for smoke inhalation.

"What happened on the 10th floor, it could have been catastrophic," Champagne said. "People were out in the hallways; they left their doors open." (Our doors shut automatically when you let go of them.)

On Tuesday, firefighters checked with managers at the senior and assisted-care center and determined they've not been conducting fire drills.

The fire started in the apartment of Mary Ann Vezina, who was identified Wednesday by the Denver County coroner. A cause of death was not released.

Champagne said the victim's apartment was cluttered with stacks of newspapers 5 feet high and other flammable materials.

"It added to the fire load," Champagne said. "In a high-rise, the consequences could be dire."
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