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Running head: UNIT II COURSE PROJECT: CITY OF WASHINGTON WAREHOUSE FIRE Unit II Course Project: City of Washington Warehouse Fire Columbia Southern University MOS 5301-17J-2B20-S2, Fire Protection Technology 115681 [email protected]
UNIT II COURSE PROJECT: CITY OF WASHINGTON WAREHOUSE FIRE 2 Previous Fire Protection, Detection, and Suppression Systems Evaluation Firefighters responded to a distribution warehouse in the city of Washington due to a triggered water flow alarm. When they arrived, it was apparent that the structure was ablaze from the black smoke billowing out of every orifice. Initially, the distribution warehouse stored non- combustible materials, which was what the fire suppression system was designed for. As time passed, combustible materials were brought in but the fire protection, detection, and suppression system was not upgraded to account for the storage of new materials. In the warehousing area, high storage racks with built-in sprinkler heads were used to stockpile coffee, food commodities, household chemicals and cleaning products. Although the warehouse received a system upgrade in 2015, only automatic sprinklers, fire pump, and a monitored fire protection system were installed. After the fire broke out, employees noted that there was no audible alarm and automatic sprinklers were barely expending any water at all. Both were the result of power loss to the building due to flooding. Consequently, the detection system was also rendered ineffective.

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