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FIREFIGHTING IN RETAIL WAREHOUSES: THE BUILDERS SQUARE FIRE

Issue 11 and Volume 147.

FIREFIGHTING IN RETAIL WAREHOUSES: THE BUILDERS SQUARE FIRE At 15:56 hours on December 10, 1993, the Palm Beach County (FL) Fire Rescue (PBCFR) emergency communications center received a telephone report of a fire in the paint department of the Builders Square store in the Cross County Mall (followed quickly by a water-flow alarm reported by a central station). The nearly 20-year-old 425,000-squarc-foot mall, located in central Palm Beach County, encompasses several large core storesone of them the 89,000-square-foot Builders Square store, a multipurpose home/business hardware supply store. The mall is fully sprinklered. The systems are supplied by an underground well. Two vertical turbine 1,000-gpm pumps serve the sprinkler systems and several privately maintained hydrants located on the property. One fire pump is an electric pump rated at 1,118 gpm at 86 psi; the other is diesel engine-driven and rated at 1.118 gpm at 85 psi. Both pumps are designed to…

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