Firefighting

THE CHALLENGE OF GARDEN APARTMENT FIRES: A REPORT

Issue 1 and Volume 150.

THE CHALLENGE OF GARDEN APARTMENT FIRES: A REPORT BY HARRY J. OSTER At 0732 hours on the wind- and rain-driven morning of Tuesday, September 17, 1996, a Rockland County (NY) 9-1-1 operator received a call from a person who garbled a message about a fire. It appears that before the operator could confirm any information, the caller dropped the receiver, most likely due to the increasing smoke and heat conditions then present in the caller`s unit, forcing the caller to exit the building. The 9-1-1 operator traced the caller`s address through the enhanced 9-1-1 system and dispatched the fire department to 35 Sneden Place West, located in a garden apartment complex in the Village of Spring Valley. THE BUILDING The complex is a cooperative community consisting of 296 total units of three basic designs: one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom duplex. First occupied in January 1973, Building “B” (which contained unit 35)…

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