Structural Firefighting: First-Due Battalion Chief: Self-Storage Warehouses

07/29/2013
By Daniel P. Sheridan We received an alarm for a report of a fire early the other morning in a two-story self-storage facility. This building was originally a milk bottling plant. It is a 200 x 100-foot Type 4 building. I know this building well; I remember when it was in operation. Eventually, the company went out of business or decided to move out of the inner city to the suburbs. The building stood vacant for many years. We responded to a few nuisance fires over that course of time. The building was eventually bought by a self-storage company and converted to a 900-unit facility. The units inside range from 50 square feet to 320 square feet, all eight feet high (photo 1). When we pulle...

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