Humpday Hangout: Examining Basement Fires

On this week’s Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and the rest of the panel look deeper into basement fires. They will shed some light on the difficulties and tactics for a fire on a lower floor of a large home that looks like a one-story from the street but is actually three stories when viewed from the rear.  

Additional points for discussion:

  • Tests conducted at basement fires at Governor’s Island
  • Early collapse of floors supported by lightweight wood “I” joists and parallel chord trusses
  • Tests on lightweight floor assemblies conducted by UL and the Chicago Fire Dept.
  • Alternative tactics such as window attack, advancing via an outside basement entrance, cutting exterior walls and rim boards, cutting floors and deployment of high expansion foam

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