Leadership

CENTRAL STORAGE WAREHOUSE FIRE MADISON, WISCONSIN

Issue 12 and Volume 144.

Photos courtesy of Madison (Wl) Fire Department. CENTRAL STORAGE WAREHOUSE FIRE MADISON, WISCONSIN On May 3, 1991, fire and structural collapse occurred at the Central Storage and Warehouse Company (CSW) in Madison, Wisconsin. It was to become the largest dollar-loss fire in the city’s history, exceeding $80 million in damages and costs to the city. Twenty-one million gallons of water were poured onto the fire in a 48hour period. The building contents created problems never before encountered by Madison fire personnel, particularly the 13 million pounds of butter stored on the premises that turned the fireground into a greasy quagmire, posing a serious hazard to firefighters and environment. For all the problems during the difficult firefight. six firefighters sustained only minor injuries and there were no civilian injuries. THE FACILITY The CSW cold storage complex consisted of five buildings—a total area of some 224,000 square feet of space— used for…

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