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Other High-Rise Fires

History provides numerous examples of steel-frame high-rise buildings ravaged by severe fires.

  • 1991 One Meridian Plaza fire in Philadelphia:
    Raged for 18 hours
    Gutted 8 floors of the 38-floor building
  • 1988 First Interstate Bank Building fire in Los Angeles:
    Burned out of control for 3-1/2 hours
    Gutted 4 floors of the 64-floor tower
The Los Angeles fire was described as producing
"no damage to the main structural members."

Highest temperature of steel in tests of steel-frame parking garages: 360ÂșC.

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