Over four decades ago, a downtown high-rise known as the Rault Center caught on fire, forcing several trapped inside to attempt to jump to safety from 15 floors up. Most died.
On November 29, 1972, flames tore through the Rault Center in downtown New Orleans. On the 15th floor was a beauty salon where five women were trapped inside. New Orleanians watched on live TV as those five women jumped out of the burning downtown building.
It’s heart wrenching and if you watch it you may not be able to sleep for a few nights.
The fire resulted in 6 fatalities. One was a result of smoke inhalation and five were the result of jumping from the 15th floor to escape the inferno.
The Rault Center fire changed state law requiring high-rise buildings to have sprinklers.
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