Pesticide Storage Fire: Controlled by Lessons Learned

Issue 2 and Volume 140.

Pesticide Storage Fire: Controlled by Lessons Learned FEATURES Photo by Keith Cullom Late on the afternoon of September 27, 1986, dispatchers in Goleta, CA, a suburb of the City of Santa Barbara, received a telephone call reporting an unknown type fire. Fourteen hours later, companies began taking up after completely extinguishing a fire that involved highly toxic materials stored within a commercial greenhouse complex. The fire had broken out above an office at the Por La Mar Nursery shortly after business hours. Fortunately, the 30 or so employees had already left the building. The facility, a 500 X 200-foot framed structure sheathed with sheet metal and fiberglass, is situated on the north edge of a fiveacre parcel of land. A paved 15foot driveway between the northside of this structure (Side 2) and a food warehouse complex was the only passable access to the free-burning fire in the rear of the…

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