A Review of the Deadly 2019 Alpine Motel Fire in Las Vegas and a Tactical Discussion on Center Hallway Buildings
The Alpine Motel was an occupied, dilapidated three-story motel in an economically stressed section of Las Vegas. The owners of this building were cited multiple times in the past years for numerous fire and life safety code violations. On Dec 21, 2019, the City of Las Vegas suffered its largest loss of life in its history with six civilian deaths and 13 injuries when a fire broke out in this motel. This class will review this the tragic fire and tactical considerations for fighting fires in center hallway buildings; discuss how the victims died; and explore if we, as a fire service, are doing our best to educate our citizens on fire and public safety. Would a better public education program have prevented this fire from so tragic?