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Bull in a China Shop

By Michael N. CiampoAfter extinguishing what seemed to be a simple room-and-contents fire, truck company members began to overhaul the fire room to check for extension. They needed to pull the ceilings because of the fire damage that penetrated the gypsum board, which covered the lath and plaster ceiling beneath it. They also needed to open up the walls—which were just plaster and lath—and remove the windows and door frames because of the depth of char and still glowing orange embers emitting from them. Simply washing down the “alligator-skinned” frames would not ensure that fire wasn't still extending beneath or behind them in the walls.One member with a hook went...

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