The Cause, Prevention and Control of CONFLAGRATIONS

Issue 8 and Volume 118.

The Cause, Prevention and Control of CONFLAGRATIONS Los Angeles F.D. photo PART I SOME 900,000 building fires occur in the United States every year, in which about 11,500 people lose their lives. But few of these fires ever reach the conflagration stage. Those caused by lightning, earthquake, volcanoes, flood, high winds, etc., have been responsible for the great losses. And, while man was not the cause, it was generally man’s failure to provide the means of protection and control that allowed such fires to become conflagrations. The National Fire Protection Association lists 133 major conflagrations in American cities during the period between 1900 and 1950. They include such well-known ones as the San Francisco fire in 1906, which destrayed 28,000 buildings worth $350 million, and the Texas City fire of 1947, which cost $67 million in damage. Large-loss fires are not as often reaching conflagration magnitude, as shown by the…

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