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10 Million Dollar Marina Fire (Bohemia Bay, MD - January 1989)

Delayed discovery, lack of detection equipment and limited access to water contributed to the $10 million loss.

12 Million Dollar Fire at Dogwood Elementary School (Reston, VA - November 2000)

Key issues for this fire at a one story, noncombustible steel frame elementary school with masonry exterior walls involved fire protection and detection. The school was built in an "open classroom" design with demountable partitions as "walls" between groups of four and six classrooms and between classrooms and halls. Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be an electrical short in the building's plenum space.

15 Million Dollar Sight and Sound Theater Fire and Building Collapse (Lancaster County, PA - January 1997)

This report focuses on the absence of fire protection features that could have assisted in saving the structure and reducing damage.

A Comparison of Two Fires: The Westview Towers (NJ) and the Council Towers Apartments (MO) August/October 1998

A technical review of two highrise apartment building fires that caused deaths and injuries to the buildings' elderly residents. According to the review, the presence of medical oxygen and the lack of automatic fire sprinkler systems contributed to the spread of the fires.

Abandoned Cold Storage Warehouse Multi-Firefighter Fatality Fire (Worcester, MA - December 1999)

A technical review of the 1999 Worcester, MA fire that claimed six firefighters concludes that abandoned buildings are a serious threat to firefighters and fire departments must make a concerted effort to use technology to maintain data on buildings in their response districts.

Aerial Ladder Collapse Incidents (April 1996)

This report addresses 5 incidents in which fire department aerial ladders collapsed.

Aftermath of Firefighter Fatality Incidents: Preparing for the Worst: Special Report

The goal of this report is to provide useful information to fire departments and firefighters that may help in dealing with the consequences of such a tragedy.

Amtrak Train Derailment (Nodaway, IA - March 2001)

A technical review of an Amtrak derailment in Nodaway, Iowa, which affected 225 passengers and 16 crew members and resulted in one death, concludes that guidelines-previously established for search and rescue operations after a tornado-contributed to the success of the rescue.

Apartment Building Fire (East 50th Street, New York City - January 1988)

This fire demonstrated the need for subjecting multiple occupancy residential buildings to current fire codes regarding installation of fire protection equipment.

Apartment Complex Fire, 66 Units Destroyed (Seattle, WA - September 1991)

A combination of Seattle Fire Department rescue efforts and tenants helping each other resulted in no fatalities for one of that city's largest residential fires in 20 years.

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