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Building Construction Concerns for Firefighters: Structural Collapse

Article and photos by Greg Havel Several structural collapse incidents that did not involve structure fires have been in the news recently. The most recent of these occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2013, at a building that was being demolished. Part of a four-story brick wall collapsed onto the single-story thrift store next door. Six were killed and 14 were injured in this incident. Most of these casualties were inside the thrift store when the wall collapsed onto its roof. One witness stated that a crane removed a beam from the front of the building when the wall began to sway and collapsed onto the adjacent one-story building. We must remember that a building is a st...

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