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PLANTATION, FLORIDA, TOWNE MALL FIREBY DAVID CASEY On September 6, 1996, Chief Robert Pudney of the Plantation (FL) Fire Department was traveling to his office to review a report concerning the mutual-aid network of Broward County that he was going to present before a group of other fire chiefs. On the way to his office, an alarm was transmitted for a smoke detector activation (via a central station) at the Plantation Towne Mall at 6939 West Broward Boulevard. Before long, 125 firefighters staffing five ladder companies and 17 engine companies from nine different fire departments would test the mutual-aid system`s effectiveness. The fire at the Plantation Towne Mall would consume 56,000 s...

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