The United States Government sets the tone for safety requirements in buildings. It is a surprise to me that government officials died in a fire and the toxic effects of smoke. Did the building have a smoke removal system. Was the building equipped with an automatic sprinkler system? Fire is an emergency that I would think would be the last thing government workers would have to worry about in the embassies. Yes, it is was reported that grenades were used in the attack and I wasn’t there so I wouldn’t know if the systems, if they existed, were impacted by the explosions. I am going by sketchy reports from CNN that there was a safe room and the safe room became untenable.
I can only hope that the systems were in place and those systems were disabled as a result of the explosions. If the systems were not in place, the government needs to give the employees in the embassies the best fire protection equipment there is due to the hazardous environments they are exposed to. A hazard and risk analysis would have identified that a safe room would be threatened by smoke without a smoke removal system. What good is a safe room that can be threatened by smoke?