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Fire Prevention #220932

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 30, 1972
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(Studio) Officials in New Orleans discuss cause and prevention of fire yesterday.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New Orleans, Louisiana) Head of President Commission on Fire Controls says 4 deaths may have been prevented in Wednesday fire if building equipped with water sprinkler system. [Dr. Pat BREAUX - says nets might have saved the 6 that jumped out of building (3 died in jump).] [Assistant superintendent New Orleans Fire Department Bill McCROSSEN - says at that height nets ineffective. Fire equipment inadequate for such heights.] Helicopters rescued 8 from roof of building [Pilot John LOCKWOOD - describes relief of those rescued.] Cause of fire unknown. Arson possible.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall

(Studio) In all fires, deaths caused by people being trapped above ground.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Almost all high rises inadequately protected from fire. No uniform laws require sprinkler systems. Chicago study finds that smoke greatest danger. Elevators rarely work in fires, and evacuation difficult in large bldgs. [National Loss Control Service Corporation Gerald L. MAATMAN - says New Orleans fire would have been worse if broke out nearer ground because all above would have been trapped. New and worse disasters likely without better fire prevention systems.] Automatic sprinkler systems most effective against fire.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

Cronkite, Walter;
Hall, Bruce;
Plante, Bill

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