I found this story on thekansascitychannel.com of an apartment fire (video included) in early June in Overland Park, Kansas. Watch the video. It provides a perfect example of why smoke alarms can’t alone save lives. A man is seen trying to run back into the fully engulfed aparment as fire fighters run in after him and force him to leave. It is truly unbelievable footage.
Wow! It would have been awesome to see a sprinkler system go to work on this fire. Of course sprinklers might not have been required on the balconies. That fire spread so fast, you have to ask the question though what would the outcome have been had sprinklers been installed even without balcony protection? Total Loss? I don’t think so. Maybe the other question to ask is, should balcony protection be required in 13R?