A federal agency has released its final report on the Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine firefighters in Charleston, 2007. In October, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, issued its draft report on the Charleston blaze, explaining the specifics of how the fire occurred. Since then, the agency opened up a public comment period before the final report was issued. Now, NIST has concluded the findings of the study are “unchanged.”
However, the report does state that two of the 11 recommendations based on the findings were slightly enhanced to make them more effective. According to the release, the recommendation “that all state and local jurisdictions ensure that fire inspectors and building plan examiners are professionally qualified to a national standard” was improved by listing nationally accepted certification examinations.
The other recommendation to “provide education to firefighters on fire behavior in vented and non-vented structures and how the addition of air can impact the burning characteristics of the fuel” was sent out to urge state and local jurisdictions to pursue.