May I rebut as follows?
The inescapable conclusion is that our building codes at the time did not require for fire escapes to be incorporated in such buildings. However, longstanding standard civil engineering practices certainly did/do. So, too, commonsense. So, too, did/do our laws of tort, particularly negligence. The unavoidable inference is: the fire escapes ought to have been installed from the outset.
In the civilized world, people woulda done tender their resignation! We are not civilized! Were we, by now someone woulda surely pay for the lethal episodes as at St. Ann's Hospital (salmonella-laced eggnog snack) and at the Caroni Bridge on the Old Southern Main Road (unbolting a bridge from midspan)!
I say, this time heads must roll! That kind of response, among other things, is for why we, who voted this administration into office, voted. And why we, who voted this administration into office, must lead the charge in seeing they do roll!