Investigators say a spark from a welding operation caused the fire that took the lives of two Boston firefighters on March 26, 2014. According to a report on Boston.com, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said he was “confident” that the fire was unintentional, but that the Suffolk District Attorney’s office would have final say whether anyone would be held legally responsible for the blaze. There were no sprinklers in the building.
- NFPA report: Home and Non-Home Fires Involving Torches, Burners and Soldering Equipment
- Free access: NFPA 51B: Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work
- NFPA report: Firefighter Fatalities in the United States
- Strong winds challenged Boston firefighters during deadly blaze. Fire Protection Research Foundation report: Fire Fighting Tactics Under Wind Driven Conditions
- More on this fire from the NFPA Today blog.