More Photos of Grand Prairie,Texas Warehouse Destruction

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A few more photos of the aftermath and cleanup of the warehouse fire in Grand Prairie,TX. Hard to believe this was a total loss with a sprinkler system and fire pump installed. Without any background information it’s hard to make any conclusions. My initial thoughts are sprinkler obstructions, inadequate flue spaces, or shut valves.

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Complete Destruction of Warehouse Fire in Grand Prairie, Texas

This picture was taken three days after the devastating warehouse fire in Grand Prairie, TX that occurred on Feb. 8, 2011. In the property insurance industry this would be classified as a Maximum Forseeable Loss (MFL) event (100% loss) and wouldn’t be expected if the warehouse had adequate fire protection systems installed. Sprinklers were installed however not adequate in controlling the fire.  More than likely there were issues with the sprinkler installation or maybe even shut sprinkler control valves.  The investigation is still ongoing.  The warehouse was 400,000 sq. ft. with numerous tenants.  Part of the facility was utilized to store aluminum cans for soft and energy drink beverages.  By looking at some of the debris it appeared that they were cans without the lids, so I’m assuming that the cans were empty and not filled with liquid.  The other part of the facility used for mail sorting. There were small areas where the fire was still smoldering.   The fire department was monitoring the smoldering fire and ATF was on site investigating.

HELP FIRE!!! !Make sure you know the different types of Fire Extinguishers

HELP the “fill in the blank”  is on FIRE!!!!   Following are  a few household tips to keep in mind when operating a fire extinguisher.

1.  Stay calm, contact the fire department by dialing 911.
2.  Make sure that others are evacuated from the premises.
3. If you plan on utilizing a  fire extinguisher, there are several things that you should keep in mind. Fire extinguishers are intended to put out small fires. Fire extinguishers should be only  used if you have the right type of fire extinguisher for that type of application.  If  the fire is too large and/or you don’t have the right fire extinguisher more than likely the fire extinguisher will be ineffective in extinguishing the fire. Evacuate the premises immediately and let the fire department handle.

How to operate a fire extinguisher.

1. Make sure you have a quick way to exit the premises and that the fire is small enough to be controlled by a fire extinguisher.  The following general class of fire extinguishers are as follows:

  • Class A – Ordinary combustibles (paper, wood, plastics, etc.)
  • Class B – Flammable liquids (gas,oils,etc.)
  • Class C – Electrical Equipment (plugged in equipment such as computers, televisions, electronics, etc.)
  • Class K – Kitchen (cooking oils and grease)

2. Utilize the P-A-S-S method.

PULL – the pin from the extinguisher

AIM – stand  8 to 10 ft. from the fire and aim the nozzle at the seat of fire.

SQUEEZE – squeeze the lever handle of the extinguisher to start discharge of the agent while maintaining your distance.

SWEEP – sweep the nozzle from side to side (left to right),  3-6 inches slightly beyond the seat of the fire, keep the constant sweeping motion until the fire is extinguished or the agent is fully discharged.

Remember to follow these simple steps to help protect lives and property.

Check out this video from the Fire Equip. Manuf. Assoc.

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