Hotel guests climb down a ladders as the MGM Grand Hotel burns in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 1980.

Hotel guests climb down a ladders as the MGM Grand Hotel burns in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 1980.

Above: Hotel guests climb down a ladders as the MGM Grand Hotel burns in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 1980. After the fire, Nevada became one of the first States to enact what remain some of the world’s toughest safety standards for public buildings. Hundreds of people were injured and 87 people died in the fire (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun)

Interior finish has played an important role in fire losses in many catastrophic fires. Choose one of the four historical fires listed below. 1)In your discussion explain how the interior finishes contributed to the fire loss and describe what has been done since that fire to prevent these catastrophic losses in the future.
MGM Grand
•    1980 MGM Grand Hotel fire: Fire investigation report at
•    Firehouse.Com News – 11/20/00 – Special Report: Vegas Hotel Fire 20 Years Ago Among the Worst
Las Vegas Hilton
•    February 11, 1981 Hilton fire of Las Vegas
Cocoanut Grove
•    Beller, D., and Sapochetti, J. Searching for Answers to Cocoanut Grove Fire of 1942, NFPA Journal, 94:3, pp. 84-92, May/June 2000
•    Boston Globe archive coverage of the Cocoanut Grove inferno.
Station Nightclub Fire
•    Feds to Issue Fire Probe Recommendations in Rhode Island Nightclub Fire (Associated Press)
•    Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Investigation (Collection of NIST documents)
•    Lehrman, Paul D. Aug 1, 2003. From the Ashes: Lessons from the Rhode Island Nightclub Fire. Mix. Discuss:  Week Three

2) Based on what you have learned in your readings, describe the differences between Class A, Class B, and Class C interior finish classifications. In addition , search the Internet for interior finish manufacturers and find two products that have different interior finish ratings. Provide the application for each product and describe why you think the finish ratings may be different.
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