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Other High-Rise Fires

Fires have never collapsed skyscrapers.

The 100+ year history of steel frame high-rise buildings provides a number of documented examples of skyscrapers subjected to severe fires.

Examples include:

  • 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
    • Burned low in building

Both fires exhibited:

  • large emergent flames
  • extensive ongoing window breakage
  • blazes filling entire floors

Neither fire damaged the support columns of these buildings.

Report by Iklim Ltd. describes damage in the Los Angeles fire:

In spite of the total burnout of four and a half floors, there was no damage to the main structural members and only minor damage to one secondary beam and a small number of floor pans.

These fires were much worse than those in the Twin Towers or Building 7.
Neither fire significantly damaged any vertical steel columns.

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