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During his introduction, Metz noted that although the set, which only has three walls, is meant to imitate a dorm room, the results of a real fire would be different
because four walls retain the heat and causes the fire to spread even faster.|
|Flames consume the entire room in under one minute as smoke begins to spread out behind the set.|
|After waiting two minutes, firefighters step in and spray the set with a hose.|
|Smoke still lingers among the charred remains several minutes after the fire has been put out.|
by Jared Jeffries
Mizzou's annual Fire Factor showed the small audience gathered in Speaker's Circle just how dangerous a dorm room fire can be Wednesday afternoon. After a short introduction, Columbia firefighters lit a small fire inside a dorm room replica, which soon turned into minature inferno.
The heat from the fire could be felt by the crowd even though the blaze was relatively small- which was a perfect example for how hot even small room fires can burn.
As Columbia firefighters doused the mock dorm fire, smoke was sent billowing onto a large portion of the audience, which reacted by very quickly vacating the nearby area.
Columbia Fire Department firefighters put out the fire in about a minute and gave the crowd a play-by-play on how quickly the fire spread and consumed the mock dorm.