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Masonry Inferior Walls Prevent Spread of Incendiary Bomb Fires

Issue 12 and Volume 95.

Masonry Inferior Walls Prevent Spread of Incendiary Bomb Fires The survival of Malta, most bombed city on the face of the earth, was said by S. H. Ingbert, fire resistance expert of the National Bureau of Standards, probably to be due to the fact that buildings there have masonry interior as well as exterior walls, which prevent the spread of fire. Other incidents in recent warfare indicate the superiority of incombustible fire resistant contruction in preventing excessive fire damage. For example, Madrid, besieged by an attacking force in its outskirts for more than a year. suffered comparatively little from fire, while important parts of Warsaw with masonry-walled buildings having interior wood framing were destroyed by incendiaries dropped from airplanes. Attacks on the “Old City” portion of London gave similar evidence and on other occasions general conflagrations apparently were prevented by only narrow margins. Mr. Ingberg pointed out that interior and…

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