Home Fire Escape Plans
Growth and Speed of Fire
The following is a timeline of an actual 2-story house fire. It will show you just how fast fire spreads:
- :30 Fire ignites and grows rapidly.
- 1:04 From first flame, fire spreads and smoke begins to fill room.
- 1:35 Smoke layer descends rapidly, temperature exceeds 190°F.
- 1:50 Smoke detector at foot of stairs alarms. Still time to get out.
- 2:30 Temperature above couch over 400°F.
- 2:48 Smoke pours into other rooms.
- 3:03 Temperature three feet above floor in room of origin is over 500°F. (No one could survive.)
- 3:20 Upstairs hall filled with smoke – Escape more difficult.
- 3:41 FLASHOVER – Energy in room of origin ignites everything. Temperature is 1400°F.
- 3:50 Two minutes after smoke detectors sounds, 2nd exit is only way out.
- 4:33 Flames just now visible from exterior of house – first evidence of fire from outside. AT THIS POINT, RESCUE MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE.