A new report issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology singled out the absence of sprinklers at the Sofa Super Store as a major factor contributing to the deaths of nine Charleston (SC) fire fighters in the June 2007 fire.

The full NIST report is here.

The Charleston Post and Courier, which has done a god job covering the tragedy since the day it happened, has a comprehensive story on the new report here.

In a release, the IAFF underscores that NIST also believes staffing shortages and a lack of deployed resources also were responsible for the deadly outcome.