"When people told him it was a deathtrap, he would laugh"
Althouse has links on the "Ghost Ship" fire.
Some dude who had already gotten out stood right by the exit with all the billowing smoke and was repeatedly yelling "this is the exit" "exit." I can say without a doubt that that dude saved my life. If he wasn't there yelling I would have never found the exit and I probably would have died.