Everyone asks me, as a wood-framed building fire expert, the same question, "Wondering who and why are so many jobs getting burned to the ground?" The consensus is not job site mistakes but arsons. Why would anyone want to do this? In a recent report about the Denver fire that killed 2 construction workers, someone said, "It was a cigarette." Lumber is not like dry weeds, its surface is hard and a cigarette is not going to light a building on fire like we witnessed in the Denver fire.
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A City Official was quoted in the Denver Post after they lost another building to the same kind of fire only weeks later, "Any building has fire danger. That is why we put smoke detectors and sprinkler systems in there," Pixley said. "The complication with an under-construction building is it has less protection. We didn't have any fires like this last year. It's just a unique situation." I wonder what that official thinks now. Raw wood buildings have no defenses. Tall fences and security guards are no defense for and Arson that wants to burn your building down.
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