Lessons From One N.Y. Plaza

Issue 9 and Volume 126.

Lessons From One N.Y. Plaza Details of how the fire at One New York Plaza was fought by New York City fire fighters are described for the first time in this article by Chief of Department John T. O’Hagan, who was in charge of operations at the then new office building in Manhattan’s financial district. Previous articles about this fire, regarded as a classic in modern, central-core, high-rise construction, have been concerned with design and construction failings. On August 5, 1970 at 5:59 p.m., an alarm was transmitted for a fire in a 50-story modern office building at One New York Plaza and ushered in a new era in the annals of fire fighting. It was the first time that a fire initiated by a local source of ignition in a high-rise fireproof building spread with lightning speed to involve two floors and a total of 40,000 square feet of…

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