Definition of firetrap
: a place (such as a building) apt to catch on fire or difficult to escape from in case of fire
Examples of firetrap in a Sentence
The factory was a firetrap and dozens of workers died before rescuers could reach them.
Recent Examples of firetrap from the Web
The 47-year-old was arrested and charged Monday with creating a deadly firetrap by illegally converting an Oakland warehouse into a party space and housing.
The tenants were essentially living on the top of a highly inflammable firetrap, one in which mass evacuation was impossible, as was evidenced when a few of victims filmed their last moments with their phones.
According to witnesses and documents, Oakland firefighters toured the cluttered firetrap, even dancing in the same second-story performance space where the victims would huddle in their final moments, according to witnesses and documents.
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Definition of firetrap for English Language Learners
: a building that is difficult to get out of and is likely to have a deadly fire
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