Building Construction

Best Practices for Tackling Fires in Balloon-Frame Construction

Issue 08 and Volume 173.

WHAT WE LEARNED ❘ By SALVATORE ANCONA On January 9, 2020, at approximately 0849 hours, the Bellmore (NY) Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to reports of a house fire. About four minutes later, the chief of department was on scene and transmitted a call for a working fire within a private dwelling. The first-arriving unit, Engine Co. 601, was on scene at 0858 hours. The structure was a 2½-story wood-frame private dwelling with a basement. The Response Heavy fire was showing from the exposure 2 side on the first floor, spreading rapidly up the entire exposure 2 side and into the attic space. Initially, there was a question as to whether the home was occupied. However, this was proven negative after interviewing the homeowner, who accounted for everyone. RELATED FIREFIGHTER TRAINING Modern Fire Dynamics and Legacy Construction: Lessons Learned Building Construction Awareness Project The Fog of the Fireground: Know Your…

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