Building Fires

HIgh Rise Fires: Structurally safe?..or sudden death!

Fire induced progressive collapses are becoming more common. Firefighters around the world should avoid entering any high rise fires until this new phenomenon is clearly understood, and buildings subject to this phenomenon are identified.

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NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse

Source: http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/wtc082108.html

NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse
Report and Recommendations for Improving Building Safety Released for Comment

August 21, 2008

CONTACT: Ben Stein, NIST
(301) 975-3097
ben.stein@nist.gov

Michael Newman , NIST
(301) 975-3025
mnewman@nist.gov

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, was primarily due to fires, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today following an extensive, three-year scientific and technical building and fire safety investigation. This was the first known instance of fire causing the total collapse of a tall building, the agency stated as it released for public comment its WTC investigation report and 13 recommendations for improving building and fire safety.