3 – Alarm Fire in 5 – Level Omaha Shopping Center

Issue 3 and Volume 123.

3 – Alarm Fire in 5 – Level Omaha Shopping Center John S. Savage photo From Information Supplied Chief Arson Investigator The lack of sprinklers on the top floor of a five-level shopping center, false ceilings and the absence of fire walls were among the problems encountered when the Omaha, Neb., Fire Department fought a three-alarm fire that caused damage estimated at $5 million. The Center shopping center was built before Omaha adopted the 1955 NBFU Fire Prevention Code, so a sprinkler system and fire walls could not be required to protect the restaurant and bowling alley on the fifth floor. The only three sprinkler heads on that floor were over an escalator, and the first notification of the fire was given by an ADT water flow alarm when these heads opened. The fire originated in the Clink Lounge, a bar between the Sky Lanes bowling alley and the Cimarron…

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