Leadership

Fire Problem in Learning Center

Issue 1 and Volume 123.

Fire Problem in Learning Center CHIEF Wauwatosa, Wis., Fire Dept. Problems inherent in the open learning center type of school construction contributed to the spread of a $2 million fire in the new West High School in Wauwatosa, Wis. The poor condition of surrounding streets that were being repaved in preparation for the opening of the school, then in the final stage of construction, also hampered the Wauwatosa Fire Department. Two boys delivering papers saw fire coming through the roof of the school “and ran to a house to phone in the alarm at 3:58 a.m. last July 10. Because of the type of construction, it was almost impossible for anyone to spot the fire until it broke through the roof. When the alarm was received, the normal response of two pumpers, one ladder truck, one rescue squad (three men in each responding company) and an assistant chief were dispatched.…

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