Issue 8 and Volume 136.

DENTAL COMPLEX FIRE RESULTS IN LARGE LOSS FIRE REPORTS A fire of undetermined origin spread quickly through a three-story dental office and laboratory complex last Aug. 12 in Champaign, III. Before the incident was terminated, Illinois would have its largest fire loss for 1982. The Park Circle dental complex is a round building housing approximately 30 dentists and their supporting laboratories. The steel and masonry structure, built in 1965, had undergone a number of interior remodelings. The interior finishes consisted of wood paneling, carpeting and vinyl wall coverings on noncombustible surfaces. Furnishings were largely upholstered chairs and tables common to office waiting rooms. Additionally, the composition of much of the specialized dental furniture and equipment included combustible plastic materials. A dentist and patient were in a treatment room adjacent to the room of fire origin at approximately 7:20 a. m. When an air conditioning system was activated by the heat…

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