Article about the fire in a 38-story high rise building called One Meridian Plaza. The fire started in the 22nd floor, three firefighters died in the twelve alarm fire after becoming disoriented by heavy smoke.
An article about the One Meridian Plaza fire. The twelve-alarm fire burned for 18 hours. The extreme heat caused window glass and frames to melt and concrete floor slabs and steel beams to buckle and sag dramatically. Large shards of window glass fell from the facade, cutting through fire hoses on the ground around the building. Three firefighters were trapped on a fully engulfed floor, and efforts to rescue them failed. The fire would not yield and there were increasing concerns about the stability of the structure. Fire officials called off the attack and allowed the fire to "free burn," concentrating their efforts on containing the fire to this building. When the fire reached the 30th floor, a tenant-installed fire-sprinkler system was activated, and the worst high-rise fire in U.S. history was finally brought under control.
Article about a report on the One Meridian Plaza fire. This documents one of the most significant high-rise fires in United States’ history. The fire claimed the lives of three Philadelphia firefighters and gutted eight floors of a 38-story fire-resistive building causing an estimated $100 million in direct property loss and an equal or greater loss through business interruption. Litigation resulting from the fire amounts to an estimated $4 billion in civil damage claims. Twenty months after the fire this building, one of Philadelphia’s tallest, situated on Penn Square directly across from City Hall, still stood unoccupied and fire-scarred, its structural integrity in question. This article provides link for more details of the report.
99-page PDF report about the fire in One Meridian Plaza. The U.S. Fire Administration develops reports on selected major fire throughout the country. The primary criterion for deciding to do a report is whether it will result in significant "lessons learned". This body of work provides detailed information on the nature of the fire problem for policymakers who must decide on all allocations of resources between fire and other pressing problems the fire service to improve codes and code enforcement, training, public fire education, building technology, and other related areas.
4min 37secs news clip about the One Meridian fire, residents, policemen and firefighters were interviewed.
2-page document about the analysis of the major factors contributing to the fire.
8min 31secs video about the case study of the fire in One Meridian Plaza