Shack fires: trailblazer fills in the gaps
A researcher finds out why shack fires spread so quickly and how to curb this
If you set fire to a wooden shack, how soon will its 20 neighbours ignite?
It’s a question that now has an answer – five minutes – thanks to research at Stellenbosch University aimed at curbing the spread of the 5,000 shack fires SA experiences annually.
The research was done by Antonio Cicione, a postdoctoral research associate in the fire engineering research unit at Stellenbosch, who conducted full-scale fire experiments on single and triple shacks that were built for the purpose...