John Metz is the captain of the Columbia Fire Department and he opened the demonstration by telling the audience what to look for as the fake dorm room burned. He explained how quickly fire can spread and told audience members what to look for as the fire spread.
The room took less than two minutes to be completely engulfed in flames and fire fighters stepped in to stop the fire.
Andrew Backer is a sophomore at MU and he came to Fire Factor 2013 to watch the mock room burn. He said the room burn was educational about just how quickly a dorm room fire can spread.
"I had not realized how flammable my room was," he said.
Backer lives in Hudson Residential Hall at MU and said watching the room burn was a good reminder of fire safety.
"I'll have it that much more in the back of my mind," he said.
After the mock room burn, audience members could get pizza provided by Fire Factor 2013.
Audience members at Fire Factor 2013 line up to watch the mock room burn at MU, Sept. 18, 2013. The room was completely engulfed in flames in less than two minutes.