Leadership

Lightweight Building Construction Helps Prevent a Major Disaster

Issue 1 and Volume 137.

Lightweight Building Construction Helps Prevent a Major Disaster FIRE REPORTS Twenty-five fire companies responded to a major gas line explosion that caused the total collapse of a 10,000-square-foot supermarket. All 52 of the building’s occupants miraculously escaped through the blown-out walls when the roof lifted and came to rest on the supermarket’s shelving. A one-story, 80 X 120-foot cinder block wall structure covered by a roof assembly of lightweight roll-bar steel truss and Q decking housed a supermarket selling floor in the Davis Creek area outside of South Charleston, W.Va, Across the street, 75 feet away, an excavation crew was working to install a storm drain. At approximately 12 noon, the crew accidentally unearthed a 3-inch gas pipeline that had been out of use for some time. The odor of gas permeated not only the work area, but began to be noticed by the 52 people in the supermarket. After…

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