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Modular Concerns: Do We Have a Problem?

By Kevin A. Gallagher While standing in front of a burning two-story residence in 2008, I never imagined that the fire consuming the home would ignite so much interest in a topic that I (and the rest of the fire service) knew very little about. The fire was in a prefabricated (modular) structure and caused by an improperly discarded cigarette. Despite our department’s best efforts, the structure was a complete loss. Truth is, we never had a chance to save it. The results of our research to learn about the methods of construction used by the modular industry were the subject of a May 2009 article in Fire Engineering.1 What we continue to learn as well as our efforts at addressing this topi...

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