Places of Assembly
“Fires in assembly occupancies have shown to be some of the most deadly when the proper features, systems and construction materials were not present. Nightclubs, theaters and auditoriums differ from office buildings because they contain a large number of people in one main space. NFPA code provisions mandate that a considerable number of safety systems and features be present in order to keep everyone safe should an unwanted fire occur. The level of safety provided is not the result of any single safety system or feature, but rather is achieved through the combination of multiple safeguards that are provided.”
– National Fire Protection Association
Historical Deadly Nightclub Fires
January 27, 2013: Kiss Nightclub Fire (Santa Maria, Brazil) killed over 240 people.
February 20, 2003: The Station Nightclub Fire (West Warwick, Rhode Island) killed 100 people.