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Santa Ana Fire Department Experiments at South Bristol Street (NISTIR 5776)



William D. Walton, Anthony D. Putorti Jr., W H. Twilley, John Albers


A series of fire experiments were conducted in vacant single family dwellings on South Bristol Street in Santa Ana, California. Fire experiments were conducted in bedrooms and living rooms. Fuels consisted of either home furnishings or a propane burner. Fire phenomena measured included: temperatures within various rooms, wall jet velocity, fuel mass during burning, heat flux smoke detector activation time, sprinkler activation time, oxygen concentration, and time to full room involvement.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5776
Report Number


bedrooms, fire tests, furniture, home fires, single family dwellings, smoke detectors, sprinklers, temperature measurements, experiments, oxygen concentration, sprinkler activation


Walton, W. , Putorti, A. , Twilley, W. and Albers, J. (1996), Santa Ana Fire Department Experiments at South Bristol Street (NISTIR 5776), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 20, 2024)


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Created February 1, 1996, Updated November 10, 2018