Long-awaited study on Charleston Sofa Super Store fire coming

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A long-awaited federal study of the fire that killed nine South Carolina firefighters more than three years ago will be released later this month.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., has been studying the 2007 blaze that gutted the Sofa Super Store in Charleston.

Institute spokesman Michael Newman says the study will be released Oct. 28. It had been expected last year.

The institute conducted complex computer modeling to determine why the fire spread so quickly, why the building collapsed and whether sprinklers could have saved firefighters.

Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson has said she is awaiting the report and a second from the State Law Enforcement Division before deciding whether criminal charges might be filed.

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