Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

WHY CANT THE FIRE SERVICE EXTINGUISH FIRES IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS?

Issue 12 and Volume 148.

WHY CAN`T THE FIRE SERVICE EXTINGUISH FIRES IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS? BY VINCENT DUNN There is a deadly trend in high-rise fires. In the 1970s, New York City experienced a two-floor fire in a high rise; in the 1980s, Los Angeles had a five-floor fire in a high-rise; and in the 1990s, Philadelphia suffered a nine-floor high-rise fire. What can we expect in the next decade? All three of these fires had one thing in common: They all occurred beyond the reach of fire department ladders. Outside aerial master streams could not be used. The New York fire, at 1 New York Plaza, was on the 33rd and 34th floors; the Los Angeles First Interstate Bank fire burned out the 12th to 16th floors; and the Philadelphia One Meridian Plaza fire burned the 22nd to 30th floors to a crisp. These high-rise fires killed three building employees and three firefighters. The…

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