one month ago, during pax boarding (plane was already 2/3 full with pax) a fire started in the cargo hold of an heavy, immediately the crew proceeded to an emergency evacuation of the cabin but without using slides. The problem is, 2 doors were occupied with catering and one with the ramp so that 3 doors were unoperational at the time for an evacuation and the crew encountered difficulties to get all the ppl out of the plane. The plane cargo hold was heavily damaged and the bird was grounded during 5 weeks. Now the point i want to hit is following : if the fire would have been expanding faster and becoming a real danger the difficulties of an evacuation would really have been a problem and u would maybe have had fatalities and injuries. Is someone faulty in such a case? Is it normal to have up to 3 doors inop when passengers are on board? and last, what are the different carrier's policies around the world about that?
Thanks for your answers and enlightments.