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Dunn's Dispatch: Conflagrations

04/24/2008
By Vincent DunnDo you really know what the word "conflagration" means? The traditional, historical, and academic definition of conflagration states it is a "major building-to-building fire involving many structures and/or spreading flame over a large area." Another term, "group fire," describes a major fire that requires multiple alarms of firefighters to extinguish. A group fire, which is not as large as a conflagration, is defined by fire protection engineers as a "major building-to-building fire involving many structures, spreading flame over a large area." However, a group fire is limited within the boundaries of an industrial complex, within one city block, or some man-made boundary....

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