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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-88-010
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 18, 1988, A NATURAL GAS EXPLOSION DESTROYED THE BUILDING HOUSING THE K&W CAFETERIA AND THE LOBBY OF THE SHERATON MOTOR INN AT 380 KNOLLWOOD STREET, WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA. TWO ADJOINING MOTEL WINGS SUFFERED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. OF THE FOUR PERSONS IN THE LOBBY/ CAFETERIA BUILDING AT THE TIME OF THE EXPLOSION, THREE SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. THE FOURTH PERSON SUSTAINED A FRACTURED ANKLE. ONE MOTEL GUEST ALSO SUSTAINED MINOR CUTS BUT REFUSED TREATMENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA: DEVELOP AND COORDINATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PREPAREDNESS PLANS WITH LOCAL GAS COMPANY OFFICIALS TO IDENTIFY AND FULFILL THE KNOWLEDGE AND TRAINING NEEDS OF THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES FOR INCIDENTS THAT INVOLVE NATURAL GAS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Winston-Salem, NC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MP008
Accident Reports:
Piedmont Natural Gas Company Natural Gas Explosion and Fire
Report #: PAR-88-01
Accident Date: 1/18/1988
Issue Date: 11/21/1988
Date Closed: 2/28/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of North Carolina, City of Winston-Salem (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Firefighting, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of North Carolina, City of Winston-Salem
Date: 2/28/1989
Response: Thank you for your letter in response to the National Transportation Safety Board's Safety Recommendation P,-88-10 concerning the development of emergency response preparedness plans for incidents that involve natural gas. The Safety Board is pleased to learn that the Winston-Salem Fire Department has met with local gas company officials to review current emergency response plans and to make improvements where needed. Furthermore, we understand that the fire department will make an assessment of its current training requirements and revise its training program as necessary. Based on this information, Safety Recommendation P-88-10 has been classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: State of North Carolina, City of Winston-Salem
To: NTSB
Date: 12/21/1988
Response: WITH REGARD TO SAFETY RECOMMENDATION P-88-10, THE WINSTON SALEM FIRE DEPT. HAS MET WITH OFFICIALS OF PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS CO. TO CRITIQUE THE HANDLING OF THE K&W INCIDENT. INCLUDED IN THIS CRITIQUE WAS A REVIEW OF EXISTING EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS AND PROCEDURES WITH AN EMPHASIS ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE COORDINATION OF THE PLANS AND PROCEDURES BETWEEN THE TWO AGENCIES. THE WINSTON-SALEM FIRE DEPT. WILL CONTINUE TO REVIEW EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS AND MAKE ENHANCEMENTS WHERE APPROPRIATE. ADDITIONALLY, THE FIRE DEPT. WILL MAKE AN ASSESSMENT OF CURRENT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS AND REVISE OUR TRAINING AND/OR DEVELOP NEW TRAINING PROGRAMS AS DEEMED NECESSARY.