Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Public Safety

Message from Norton Fire Chief

The quick escape from a residential dorm fire is paramount to preserving life. The amount of combustible material is greater in this type of occupancy due to the confined space of dorm living. This means more pounds of material to burn per square foot. Much of this material is of synthetic or plastic composition, making the smoke very acrid and a killer by itself. Smoke will fill the room in little more than one minute. Temperatures will quickly rise and the room has the potential to be an intolerable temperature in about three minutes.

Chief Paul J. Schleicher
Norton Fire Department

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