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IN MINNEAPOLIS $90 MILLION FIRE STARTED IN UNGUARDED DEMOLITION SITE

Issue 2 and Volume 136.

IN MINNEAPOLIS $90 MILLION FIRE STARTED IN UNGUARDED DEMOLITION SITE FIRE REPORTS Fire fighters were thinking of Thanksgiving dinner when the alarm came in; but this fire would not be brought under control until 12 hours later. Fire spread would have been different if the demolition site had guards on duty—and sprinklers. The costliest fire in the history of Minneapolis burned through nearly an entire business block in the heart of the city’s major shopping district Thanksgiving night. Damage resulting from the 12-hour fire could exceed $90 million, according to Fire Chief Clarence Nimmerfroh. He added that an operating sprinkler system might have helped keep the loss around $ 10 million. “The fire might have been prevented,” he added, “if security guards had been on duty at the demolition site where the fire began.” The recently vacated multistory, blocklong Donaldsons department store on fashionable Nicollet Mall between Sixth and Seventh…

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