Combining Statistics and Case Studies to Identify and Understand Deficiencies in Fire Protection

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Over the years, much information has been gathered about fires in fire
investigation reports and statistics. This information may have been collected nationally by an agency or an insurance company, or locally by the local rescue service.
The information thus gathered can be used to learn from these fires and thereby lead
to improved fire safety in buildings. This paper describes a method for discovering
technical deficiencies in the fire safety of buildings. The method offers a means of
analysing several fires systematically with the aim of identifying factors characteristic
of a problem in the system studied. In this paper, the method is illustrated through a
study of severe fires in school buildings in Sweden. The aim is to discover the underlying factors that cause some fires to grow and become severe. The method is considered a useful tool for discovering the underlying factors to or causes of fires.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Building Technologies
  • Other Civil Engineering


  • Fire investigation, Fire statistics, Case study, Fault tree method
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-960
JournalFire Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch