High-rise blazes perilous for residents, firefighters Fire officials offer advice to condo dwellers.

Written by
Don Manley

In the wake of the recent fire at the 24-story seafront Royal Seafarer Condominium that involved personnel from three fire companies aside from Marco Island, Marco Island Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Murphy and the city’s fire marshal, Ray Munyan, offer fire-safety advice for high-rise residents.
The most important thing, said Murphy is to “have a plan, have a plan, have a plan.”
Murphy said proper planning can save lives, prevent injuries, mitigate fire and smoke damage, aid emergency personnel and more.
“From the fire department perspective, no matter what type of building you live in, you should be familiar with all of the fire suppression devices, exit ways and have a fire plan in the event a fire occurs, whether it’s a single-family home, a two-story condominium, a business or a high-rise structure,” Murphy said. “That’s the most critical issue.”

In high rises, it’s advisable to talk with the condo manager to ensure a plan is in place and clearly posted on each floor with information on where to exit the building and where residents should rendezvous, said Murphy.

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