Gasping for Information

12/20/2013
BY MICHAEL N. CIAMPO Approaching the U-shaped building, we saw nothing showing on arrival. Walking into the "throat" of the U, we noticed that there were two separate entrances, one for each wing, and that each had its own stairwell. Notifying the roof firefighter of this fact allowed him to take the opposite wing's stairway to the roof instead of relying on the adjoining building (crossing over at the front to avoid any open-ended air and light shafts), the aerial, the tower ladder, the portable ladder, or a fire escape with roof access. Luckily for us, as we approached the courtyard, the building's wings had an identification sign posted on the exterior, informing us of the lo...

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