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Fires in assembly occupancies have shown to be some of the most deadly when the proper features, systems and construction materials were not present. 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 Station nightclub fire
A fire at The Station nightclub in W. Warwick, RI, on February 20, 2003, claimed 100 lives and is the . Since that fire, NFPA has enacted tough new code provisions for fire sprinklers and crowd management in nightclub-type venues. Those provisions mark sweeping changes to the codes and standards governing safety in assembly occupancies.

Related reports from NFPA Journal®:

  • . (May/June 2007)
  • ." (May/June 2007)
  • Experts call for  to achieve regular, quality inspections of nightclubs and similar public assembly properties. (March 2004)
  • . (Jan/Feb 2004)
  • Experts discuss  at The Station nightclub and at Chicago's E2 club. (July 2003)

Deadliest public assembly and nightclub fires

NFPA reports

  • (PDF, 3 MB)
    This 2006 case study reviews historic fires in assembly occupancies as well as The Station nightclub fire and the response of NFPA to this tragedy. In addition, changes made in RI and MA as well as an investigation completed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology are summarized.
  • "" (PDF, 164 KB) , February 2007
    Includes restaurants, cafeterias or diners, nightclubs or dinner theaters, taverns, and lunchrooms, snack bars, or fast food facilities excluding delicatessens.

More resources

  • Watch a NIST video that .
  • (June 2005)
  • Information on the (PDF, 2.2 MB) from the eighth edition of  . Provides the basis for ongoing inspections of existing buildings regardless of use or occupancy. Also download an  (PDF, 48 KB)which can be used as the basis for inspection if a jurisdiction does not otherwise have a prepared list available.
  • (PDF, 241 KB) from the 19th edition of . Provides information about the history and role of regulations in the built environment, standards organizations, and enforcement, along with information about standards developing organizations, both nationally and internationally.
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