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February 16, 1946

Fires in Hospitals and Institutions

JAMA. 1946;130(7):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870070084035

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Abstract

Although a fire under any circumstances is likely to be costly and disastrous, a fire in a hospital or a home for the aged, the infirm or the orphaned has added hazards and menacing aspects which make it even more catastrophic. In this pamphlet are collected the records of a number of such fires, among the worst the tragedy of the burning of the Crile Clinic in 1929 and of the Evansville State Hospital for the Insane in 1943. There are several pages of records of other fires in hospitals, convalescent homes and homes for the aged which indicate their seriousness. Most of the fires began in service rooms of the buildings, indeed more than half of them in closets, laundries, elevator shafts, boiler rooms, work shops or linen rooms. Most of the losses could have been avoided with proper use of automatic sprinklers and adequate attention to making the

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