Research on Behavior of Residents in the Large City Fire that Occurred in Beppu-City, Oita, in January 2010

Report Date: September 2012

On January 13, 2010, a fire occurred in downtown Beppu-City, Japan, that burned one city block, including 22 residential houses. The fire spread was attributed to high winds and the close proximity of the wooden houses. Many residents did not evacuate their houses until forced to do so by firefighters and police. This investigation by NRIFD analyzed the reactions of residents for use in planning for similar events in the future.

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  • National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster

    The research and development division undertakes research for supporting firefighting and disaster prevention activities by placing particular emphasis on such research themes as are demanding immediate attention or are desired strongly by society. The following five laboratories are organized for the purpose.

    • Large-Scale Fire Lab
    • Hazardous Materials Lab
    • Hazmat Facility Lab
    • Earthquake and Natural Disaster Lab
    • Special Disaster Lab

Hosokawa, Masafumi and Daisuke Kozeki. Research on Behavior of Residents in the Large City Fire that Occurred in Beppu-City, Oita, in January 2010. Tokyo, Japan: Report of National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster, No. 113, p. 36, 2012. Print.

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