NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 13, 1982
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Chicago, Illinois) Problem of poisonous gases due to plastic furnishings in public bldgs. examined; Westchase Hilton fire in Houston, Texas, cited as ex. Details given. [National Fire Fndn. toxicologist Merrit BIRKY - explains autopsy findings.] [National Fire Fndn. spokesperson Gordon VICKERY - notes consequences of poisonous smoke.] [Consumer Prods. Safety Cmsn. spokesperson Nancy STEORTS - explains basis of their investigation.] [Toxicologist Yves ALARIE - notes size of fire is inconsequential, explains.] Presence polyvinylchloride (PVC) cited cause of many deaths. [The Society of The Plastics Ind. spokesperson G.R. MUNGER - defs. PVC.] [Ronald LAPE - describes condition following escape from fire.] Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Kentucky, which Lape survived, recalled, discussed.
REPORTER: Mark Nykanen