3 years ago today the City of Charleston lost 9 firefighters in a text book case of why tragic accidents happen.
The needless deaths of 9 men were not one mistake or some single person's fault. The tragedy that happened on Savannah Highway the evening of June 18, 2007 was the result of a chain of compounding errors, command missteps, budget cuts, training deficiencies, poor business ethics combined with fire code violations and pure firefighter bravado.
The Sofa Super Store Fire and the deaths that occurred 3 years ago was not an accident it was a consequence of command failure and a city too obsessed with a balanced budget.
Cedar Posts prior coverage of the fire:
During the night of the Sofa Super Store fire, the crew from Engine 6 was the last out of the building. Capt. Mark Davis (left), engineer Billy Kilcoyne (center) and firefighter Thaddeus Morgan talk about their experience during the fire.
Engine 6 on the Memorial Bridge Cedar Post's conversation with CFD Captain Mark Davis five months after the fire.
Cheating Death On the one year anniversary June 17, 2008 Charleston's Post and Courier published a follow-up to the above story. "Cheating Death" writen by P&C staff writer Ron Menchaca profiled Mark Davis and Billy Kilcoyne as well as Thaddeus Morgan.
The Charleston Post and Courier's detailed coverage Mourning 9 Heros.
Cedar Post's push to build a Training Academy and Fire Station Number 9 at the site of the June 18, 2007 fire. A New Fire Station 9 for Charleston.