The fatal nightclub fire in Brazil has some wondering if current safety measures at Grand Junction venues could prevent a similar catastrophe here.
Its tragedies like this one that shapes the fire code adopted by local authorities.
Over capacity and not enough exits are some of the main reasons Grand Junction's fire department says the Brazil night club fire was so devastating.
With every horrible event like that, the safety code book gets thicker.
There have been several tragic fires over the years. The Grand Junction Fire Department says each of those incidents is used as a learning tool to make buildings safer.
“Pretty much every code that you see, every law out there has been developed because of something that went wrong at some point and looking forward at how we can fix this,” Firefighter Derek Trombetta said. “I don't think people need to have any more worry then they would. What they need to do is be aware of their surroundings.”
The fire department offers this tip for anyone involved in a fire at a nightclub or other gathering place: Know where the exits are and stay calm.
Anywhere with an occupancy limit over 50 people must have two exits, three if the limit is up to 500 people, and more depending.
Officials say the main thing is to make sure buildings continue to be inspected and updated if needed.