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Chicago Office Fire: Lessons Learned

Summary: On Oct. 17, 2003, shortly after 5:00 p.m., six workers in a newer high-rise died while evacuating down a smoky stairwell. A fire on the twelfth floor was discovered and reported promptly, and the fire department responded immediately. Still, eight workers were seriously injured and six others died. The details of this incident and the lessons learned are addressed here.


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