Engineering Analysis of the Fire Development in the Hillhaven Nursing Home Fire, October 5, 1989.
Engineering Analysis of the Fire Development in the
Hillhaven Nursing Home Fire, October 5, 1989.
Nelson, H. E.; Tu, K. M.
NISTIR 4665; 56 p. September 1991.
Sponsor:Department of Health and Human Services, Baltimore, MD
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB92-112317
bedding; carbon monoxide; fire investigations; fire
models; fire tests; flashover; mattresses; nursing
homes; rehabilitation; oxygen concentration
This report presents the methods and results of an
analysis of the development and spread of fire and smoke
during the October 5, 1989 fire in the Hillhaven
Rehabilitation and Convalescent Center, Norfolk,
Virginia. The analysis uses data gathered from onsite
visits, reports and information for other investigators,
fire tests conducted at the National Institute of
Standards and Technology, and fire growth models and
similar computations. The report details the procedure
and data used, the reasons for those selected, and the
results obtained. The analysis addresses mass burning
rate; rate of heat release; smoke temperature; smoke
layer depth; velocity, depth and temperature of the
smoke front; oxygen concentration of smoke layer; carbon
monoxide concentrations; and other factors. The areas
of building analyzed include the room of fire origin,
the corridor system exposed by that room, and other
patient rooms on that corridor.