domingo, 2 de agosto de 2009

MGM GRAND HOTEL FIRE -21/11/1980






The casino and restaurants were not protected by a fire sprinkler system because they were exempt from rules requiring fire sprinklers in areas occupied 24 hours per day. Clark County building inspectors granted the exemption -- despite the opposition of the fire marshal -- reasoning that a fire would be quickly noticed by occupants and contained with portable fire extinguishers. At the time of the fire, the area had ceased 24 hour operation and was closed and unoccupied when the fire broke out.

The hotel's alarm system was manually-activated and because no manual switches were in the casino and restaurants, no alarm was raised. Eventually, $223 million in damages were paid to settle lawsuits associated with the disaster.

http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/Press%20Room/LasVegasMGMGrand.pdf

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