- The Station Nightclub Fire (2003-02-20) - 100 dead
- Kiss Nightclub Fire (2013-01-26) - 233 dead
- Cosmopolitan Hotel Patio Fire (2015-07-25)
In each case, the primary source of fuel for the fire was foam based products, and in each case the smoke they produced was thick and deadly. All too common is the use of foam insulation board like "Foamular" (see below) and "Rmax R-Matte". This blogger sees it used for props and set walls with no attempt to enclose it or treat it with any fire retardant. What are these people thinking!?
Also be aware that the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code specifically addresses foam materials uses in scenery and props in Article 184.108.40.206 Flame Retirement Requirements. If you work in a theatre you should have a copy of this book. It is fairly inexpensive and full of relevant information for theatre operations - particularly Chapter 13, but other Chapters and Annexes are very important, too.