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