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Federal, state and local investigators are teaming up to probe a spectacular Thursday night fire that destroyed a 60,000-square-foot warehouse where Evergreen International Aviation was storing aircraft parts.
The warehouse was one of four in a complex just east of the city limits on Cruickshank Road, off Highway 18 by McMinnville Municipal Airport. Despite a series of explosions that sent fireballs into the night sky, the other three buildings remained undamaged.
In a press release, the McMinnville Fire Department estimated the loss might exceed $20 million. Gary Arnold, Evergreen's vi
Originally posted by Komodo
how come the firemen can assess the damage so quickly with no experience of assessment in aircraft parts since they don't know what the price of aircraft parts are to begin with ?? !!
Originally posted by Komodo
Second of all, I'd really be interested in see just HOW this got started, since ALL fuels are kept in lock and key.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
Also, theres something in the story that made me think . One person, Debbie McDermott (fire investigator) was quoted as saying "It will be a difficult investigation because of the size of the building, and the fact it's on the ground."
What the hell ? On the ground? What in the hell is that all about exactly? Of course its on the ground, its a godamned warehouse fire. Its hardly going to be at sea is it? Or floating at a height of nine hundred feet!!
Fireball at Evergreen
Excellent information. I am involved in Chemeketa's Building Inspection Program and would like to read anything in regard to Fire Resistance Rating of the utility building and /or existing sprinkler systems necessary. Smoke barriers, Assemblies, Penetration protection Assemblies etc. (If they were up to date to storage standards for their content). Also, wether or not such a building conformed to those standards. Great writing and investigation of early facts however.
Those old turkey barns never had any working sprinkler systems in them. Years ago when I worked there we used the barns to store old outdated equipment and non valuables, but that was years ago.
Based on the previous comment, it would be interesting to know if the building itself was being used as an aircraft Hangar for storage purposes ( U occupancy for storage)? It will be diffucult to prove as far as insurance coverage, if the building itself had been adapted with combustible components or primary and secondary structural component protection.
A group "S1" for storage is only good for moderate-hazard storage purposes, Not explosives. That blast was "highly explosive" from the information and the pictures provided so far. Good luck collecting against damages based on that alone. The international fire code standards were thrown out the window there. That building was not being used for its intended application.
The Turkey barns were also used for storage of financial and legal records. Could some of those had to "go away"?