Fire Science and Technology
Online ISSN : 1882-0492
Print ISSN : 0285-9521
ISSN-L : 0285-9521
Kawagoe Memorial Symposium
Fire Investigation An Analysis of the Waldbaum Fire, Brooklyn, NY August 3, 1978
J. G. Quintiere
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1997 Volume 17 Issue 1 Pages 10-14


An analysis of the Waldbaum supermarket fire, Brooklyn, NY, August 3, 1978 is presented. It is argued that the fire went from flaming to smoldering and back to flaming over a period of several hours. This mostly hidden fire broke into the loft and led to the collapse of the roof. As a result, 12 firefighters feil into the flames and six perished. The fire was never satisfactorily explained, and a retrial of a man convicted of arson prompted this analysis.

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© 1997 Center for Fire Science and Technology, Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science
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