On February 14, 2000, a fire in a one story restaurant in Texas claimed the lives of two firefighters. The fire started in the office area of the restaurant, spread to the attic space between the ceiling and roof, causing the roof of the restaurant to collapse.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigates all line-ofduty firefighter deaths and publishes reports on those investigations. At the request and under the sponsorship of NIOSH, NIST has examined the fire dynamics of this incident to supplement the NISOH investigation. NIST has performed computer simulations of the fire using the newly developed NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview, a visualization tool, to provide insight on the fire development and thermal conditions that may have existed in the restaurant during the fire.
Simulation of the Dynamics of a Fire in a One-Story Restaurant -- Texas (YouTube)
Details of the study are included in the report, "Simulation of the Dynamics of a Fire in a One-Story Restaurant -- Texas, February 14, 2000 (NIST IR 6923)."