Answered By: Nicole Montgomery
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2022     Views: 167

Start at the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) website. The address is homepage.

You should be able to access the reports without logging in, but please let us know if you have any difficulty.


The NFPA homepage


Select News & Research then Library & Archives from the menu.


NFPA  homepage with the "News & Research" and "Library & Archives" links emphasized


Next, click on Fire and Life Safety Events.


Arrow pointing to the "Fire and Life Safety Events" link on the Library & Archives page of


Then click on Identified Events.


Circle around the "Identified Events' link on the Resarch and Reports page of


You can search for a known incident in the Search within box.


Identified Events page with emphasis on the Search within search box



Or you can click on a specific decade folder to review incident reports from those years.


Incident reports page with circle around the 1940s folder


If you click on a decade folder, you can then review available incident reports. They are listed in order of newest to oldest incidents.


Incident reports from the 1940 decade


When you click on a specific incident,  you will see the materials available for that specific incident. Usually a report will be listed, but sometimes you will find video or other materials.


Resources listed for the Texas City, TX incident in 1947


Click on the report option, to be taken to the incident's fire investigation report.


Investigation report for the Texas City, TX incident


Once you click the incident link, you will be take to a PDF of the incident. You can read online.


View of the PDF for the Texas City, TX 1947 incident report



Or download to your computer.


Incident report for the 1947 Texas City, TX  disaster with emphasis on the download PDF tool





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