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Miami Warehouse Fire

By Bill Gustin On November 23, 2012, Miami-Dade County and Hialeah (FL) firefighters responded to a report of a fire in a large, one-story "strip" warehouse containing several commercial occupancies. The fire building, spanning two city blocks, was originally constructed as one large, undivided warehouse with concrete block walls and a poured lightweight gypsum roof supported by unprotected steel I-beam girders, steel columns, and unprotected open-web steel bar joists. Over the years, the building was divided into several bays by constructing infill walls of concrete block in the space below the I-beams and between supporting columns. The occupancy of fire origin was a pillow fa...

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