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Fires / Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Rome #18682

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 30, 1972
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(Studio) 29 people dead from fires in last 24 hrs. Fires in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, and Rome, Italy. In Rome, 15 die in apartment building fire. In Houston, 1 dead from hotel fire in market square area.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Atlanta, Georgia) High rise apartment building burns. Almost new; designed for elderly. 9 dead, 20 hurt. Building has no sprinkler system. [Fire Marshall Jim SEAGRAVES - says bldgs. not adequately equipped with fire prevention equipment.]
REPORTER: Bill Wordham

(Studio) Inadequate equipment made fire worse in New Orleans, Louisiana, high rise building
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(New Orleans, Louisiana) Fire equipment couldn't reach blaze on top floors. Building had no fire extinguishers, neither do many other similar bldgs. in New Orleans. [State Fire Marshall Raymond OLIVER - wants study committee on fire codes and better state laws to prevent fires.] 1 died in building, 3 others died from jumping out of windows. 2 other jumpers on critical list. Fireman used no nets. [Dr. Patrick BREAUX - says nets would have helped.] Firemen say nets ineffective for such heights.

Smith, Howard K.;
Wordham, Bill

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