Study of the Occupant's Behavior during the Ambleside Fire in Ottawa on January 31, 1997

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleInternal Report, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada; Volume 771
Physical description42 p.
SubjectHuman behaviour
AbstractOn 31 January 1997, a fire occurred in a 25-storey highrise apartment building located in Ottawa, Ontario. The building contains 296 condominium-apartments owned mainly by senior citizens. The fire started in an apartment on the 6th floor and rapidly burned through the apartment entrance door to migrate into the corridor. One of the two elderly occupants of the apartment of fire origin called 911 at 16:34. The local fire department arrived on location at 16:39 and extinguished the fire within 10 minutes. The fire incident resulted in many interesting findings regarding the occupants'behaviour. The impact of the voice communication system, the occupants' age and characteristics, as well as the occupants' attitudes toward evacuation, as a result of the fire, are noteworthy and are discussed in this report.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number9417
NPARC number20331371
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Record created2012-07-18
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