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Dunn's Dispatch: Wood-Frame Collapse

By Vincent DunnDo you really know the dangers of wood-frame building collapse? In 1998, two Fire Department of New York officers died when the second floor of a three-story wood-frame building collapsed, throwing them into the fire on the first floor. In a two year period in the 1980s, a chief and an officer were killed and an officer and nine firefighters were seriously injured in four separate collapses of braced frame wooden buildings.Of the three types of wood frame building collapses, the inward/outward collapse is the most dangerous. It gives no warning and can result in the simultaneous collapse of two or more sides of the structure. Of the five types of building construction-- fir...

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