How absolutely horrible. A fire in a Bankstown, Sydney, flat forced two trapped women to jump from a fifth floor window, one dying and the other being badly injured.
The were both Chinese Nationals and students studying here.
Now China is not known for its high fire safety standards in buildings. In fact because of corruption, I don't know that I would trust a brand new building's fire systems in China. It may appear to be satisfactory, but are all those sprinkler heads actually connected to a water source? Are they frequently checked and maintained?
But this is Australia. We have high fire safety standards for our buildings. Well, apparently not even in apartment blocks that don't look so old.
The Bankstown block of flats did not have sprinklers and a fireman said it was very unlikely such a design would be approved now. The fire proof door, supposedly to be able to withstand a blaze for an hour, disappeared in minutes. Thick smoke filled the central atrium, making difficult for other residents in the building to escape.
It is rather ironical that the two unfortunate lasses came from a third world country with a poor fire safety record, to a first world country with supposed impeccable fire standards.