Dunn's Dispatch: Stopping Fire Spread

02/18/2008
By Vincent DunnEach building type has a fire-resistive construction weakness that creates a reoccurring fire spread problem. Knowing how a fire can spread throughout a structure helps a fire officer quickly extinguish a fire and, more importantly, protects firefighters from becoming caught and trapped by fire.Most fires start in the contents of a building--a smoldering cigarette ignites a fire in a stuffed chair or mattress, or something similar. If flames are not quickly extinguished, they extend to the structure. The fire spreads throughout concealed spaces, poke-through holes, and then behind walls, floors, and ceiling spaces, eventually engulfing the common roof or attic spaces and u...

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