‘I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth’
Burned-out homes and distraught families are often all that’s left in the wake of a new breed of house fire that feeds off flammable furniture and open-concept designs.
Those fires, which chew through homes with frightening speed, are prompting firefighters and fire-prevention groups in Canada to push for the installation of sprinkler systems in new homes across the country.
“Fires today move very quickly, they are to be taken seriously. I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth,” said Vince MacKenzie, a director with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
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