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Survivor of deadly arson attack escaped by jumping out of building

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So alarm rang quickly and they did not have time to go to the plentiful balconeys if staircase was full of smoke.

I wished employees would have had a real fire drill before. So important.

Hope survivors will received good npsychological treatment as they saw horrors, as described.

KyoAni up !

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It's so easy to imagine how people react in that situation but the reality is clearly very different. All we can do is hope that we never have to find out how we'd react

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I'm sure they had emergency drills every year. It is required by the labor standards.

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Jonathan PrinToday  08:01 am JST

“So alarm rang quickly and they did not have time to go to the plentiful balconeys if staircase was full of smoke.”

What do you mean? The article clearly indicates some people made it to the balcony.

“He crouched down and felt his way in the dark to the balcony a few meters away. There were already around a dozen other employees there, leaning over the railing and screaming for help.”

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In 20 years here, I've worked with a few companies for several years and none of them have had a fire drill for all employees, only the few who are trained to deal with a fire.

Again, this happened so quickly that there literally was no time to think. Fire drills may have saved lives and we don't know if they had them or not.

This whole attack was senseless and the perp needs to feel the full force of the law. No pity for him whatsoever!

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He thought he would "either die in the smoke or jump and get seriously injured."

I often run this scenario through my mind when I'm in a building with more than floor. Jumping from up to the 3rd floor is doable w/o too severe of an injury, I think.

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Why were there no fire ladders/ropes? The company should have recorded records at the main office that employees were trained, correct? Can a reporter from Japan Today conduct a more thorough story for us readers regarding what requirements should have been available.

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The fire department says that about 70 employees at this location participated in a fire drill in November of last year.

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I often run this scenario through my mind when I'm in a building with more than floor. Jumping from up to the 3rd floor is doable w/o too severe of an injury, I think

Oh I fully guarantee I would jump out of 2nd or 3rd floor. No doubt about it, and I am in the older demographic. Better a broken leg or knee injury than instant cremation.

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The building was inspected for fire code at the end of last year, October I think. The company said it held regular fire drills.

This building has some major safety faults. The greatest being the spiral stairs from 1F to 3F. In the attack it turned into a huge chimney rapidly spreading the flames and smoke.

The majority of the victims were burnt to death.

The second is the rear stairs which is open and not protected with fire walls and doors, and smoke extractors enabling people to survive a fire for 30 minutes.

There seems to be a problem with the fire exit door to the roof and 19 of the victims were found there.

External fire escapes would have been easy to install on this building.

There are serious problems with the fire code when so many can die so quickly. I hope after a full investigation the fire codes are reviewed.

The company have lost their most important animation workers, mostly young women and it will be difficult to replace them.

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There was a film called 'The Towering Inferno' where a building was ablaze. At the end, the firefighter Steve McQueen said, architects should build safe buildings, that fire safety design is paramount to a building’s design and function. Buildings should have a feature that can help to evacuate a people in a safe manner to preserve life. That was in the 70's.

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We don't need to quote a movie when the real crime happened recently with the Grenfell Tower fire in London, due to external combustible cladding which should have been illegal.

The fire killed 72 residents and injured 74 others.

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I'm sure they had emergency drills every year. It is required by the labor standards.

While that may be the case with this particular business, just because something is required by labor standards does not mean that it actually happens.

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Perfect storm of what happens when you use a building that was not made to be used as it was being used.

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Perfect storm of what happens when you use a building that was not made to be used as it was being used.

The building was built by the company Kyoani. It was designed and built to be their No1 studio.

The problem is how many others have the same fire risks?

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It seems the building passed all building codes

Maybe the building codes need to be looked at

And what other buildings passed it

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