In Wake of Multiple-Fatality Fires in Philadelphia and The Bronx, Media Seek RaCERS Faculty

Two devastating fires in January 2022 — a 12 fatality rowhouse fire in Philadelphia, and a 17-fatality high-rise fire in The Bronx — led to numerous media inquiries for RaCERS faculty Glenn Corbett and Charles Jennings.

The appearances and quotes included radio, television, and print, and long-form podcasts as well. A list of appearances follows below:


WABC-TV Eyewitness News, January 9, 2022
Bloomberg Radio, January 10, 2022
WTVN-AM, January 10, 2022
Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2022
New York Times, January 10, 2022
Reading Eagle Online, January 11, 2022
Insider, January 11, 2022
Washington Post, January 11, 2022
New York Daily News, January 12, 2022
Associated press, January 12, 2022
Crosstown — NY1 podcast with Pat Kiernan, January 18, 2022


NOVA – Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) • January 5, 2022
Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC-AM, January 10, 2022
Gothamist, January 11, 2022

Jennings also co-authored a working paper on fire risks to the homeless and vulnerably sheltered with Kindling, non-profit fire safety research center. That project, still in progress, is funded by the National Fire Protection Association Research Foundation.

Ironically, Jennings was a featured expert on PBS’s NOVA in an episode titled “High Risk High Rise” which examined threats to tall buildings from fires, earthquakes, and other hazards. The show premiered just days before the Bronx fire.

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