NIST Offers Guidelines after R.I. Nightclub Fire

Fire that killed 100 people prompted recommendations for nightclub safety


Building evacuation software found that if the club's four exits were available and its capacity was at the legal limit of 404, all patrons could flee in 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

But with 90 percent of the people rushing to the front exit, complete evacuation would have taken more than 4 minutes, according to the federal agency. State investigators have said the building was engulfed in just a few minutes, and most people who got out did so in the first minute and a half.

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