10/25/10 132 W, 1 I - + 9 - 2 Cold Storage Fire in Albany, NY

Speaking of high-rise buildings (albeit monolithic commercial structures that are pretty rare around here), The FireCritic finds this story of an 11-story cold storage warehouse that's burning in Albany, N.Y. The fire started on Friday, and the building was been deemed too dangerous to enter.

This All Over Albany story has the story and links. By Sunday, the thing was smoldering, but the building appeared in no danger of collapse. Read that Times Union story. Here are some scene photos from an urban explorer. The fire also has folks thinking about the Worecester cold storage warehouse fire in 1999 that killed six firefighters.

For Monday morning discussion, what commercial or industrial hazards around here get you thinking about worst-case scenarios?  

All Over Albany Photo

Any building in the “warehouse district” in downtown Raleigh. The old Sir Walter Apartments downtown as well. The basement of that place has an old “speak-easy” that is solid wood. It’s a maze down there too, with low ceilings and tight spaces here and there.

Also, I always remember the senior Durham guys always talking about 801 Angier Ave. and how much of a fire trap it is/was.
Silver - 10/26/10 - 04:52

In Garner I would say Olde School Commons at 742 W Garner Rd. It is ordinary construction and at one time was the high school. Quite some time ago it was converted to apartments for old people, so that is a lot of doors to force and a lot of people that will need assistance to get out. You would have to stretch courtyard lays to get to all the apts on the different floors there. Very manpower intensive.
Mike - 10/26/10 - 09:29

anything that has a bow-string roof, most notable Martin Architectural off E. Chatham St in Cary, very heavy fire load and dangerous, cut up construction. Along those same lines, the Kelly Building at the NC State Fairgrounds is also Bow-String and very dangerous depending on the function it is used for at the time. Come to think of it, everything at the Fairgrounds is tactically challenging, especially during the fair or other activities.
CFP 7021 - 10/26/10 - 11:46

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