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Fighting Fires in Disposable Structures

BY GARY BOWKER Today's residential structure fire is not your daddy's residential structure fire. The contemporary lightweight wood-frame structure burns faster and fails sooner-often with tragic results-much more quickly than traditional wood-frame structures built in the past. In the past several years, an increasing number of fires in large lightweight wood-frame apartment buildings and single-family dwellings have resulted in firefighters being injured and killed. As the Ol' Professor the late Francis Brannigan taught, "The building is your enemy. Know your enemy!" Today the lightweight wood-frame structure fire is the enemy. It has evolved into one of the most dangerous typ...

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