Leadership

Compartmentation vs. Sprinklers— N.Y. High-Rise Fire Rekindles Debate

Issue 12 and Volume 133.

Compartmentation vs. Sprinklers— N.Y. High-Rise Fire Rekindles Debate features Regional Executive Coordinator Northeastern States National Automatic Sprinkler & Fire Control Assn., Inc. “There were no new lessons learned. The fire (in the Westvaco Building) behaved exactly as we predicted a fire in a curtain wall building would behave after our investigation of the One New York Plaza fire. In fact it’s a replay of One New York Plaza.” This was the reaction of former New York City Fire Commissioner John T. O’Hagan to New York’s latest high-rise fire in a 44-story office tower at 299 Park Ave. in midtown Manhattan. O’Hagan, who is considered to be the prime mover behind New York’s famous high-rise fire safety law, known at Local Law 5, was alluding in his statement to a fire on Aug. 5, 1970, at One New York Plaza, in New York’s financial district. That fire and a similar fire…

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