Modular Construction: Hidden Hazards Within

BY KEVIN A. GALLAGHER Jerry Knapp's report on the fire in West Haverstraw, New York (in this issue), determined to be caused by discarded smoking material near the front porch, appeared to me to be déjà vu. In 2008, the Acushnet (MA) Fire & EMS Department (Acushnet) responded to a reported porch fire at a two-story Colonial house. In the four minutes it took the first-arriving police officer to get on scene, the structure was fully involved. That fire made us—and the fire service—aware of the dangers posed by certain techniques used in residential modular construction. Our findings served as the basis for my article "The Dangers of Modular Construction" (Fire Engineering, Ma...

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