Thursday, June 28, 2012
Shoddy construction kills
From CBS 2:
It takes just a few minutes — and everything and everyone you love could be gone.
CBS 2’s Lou Young has obtained a dramatic new video demonstrating the dangers of a popular new type of house construction.
One spark becomes a firestorm, but there is a solution.
Engineers vouch for the stuff. It is light and strong, able to bear weight, able to stand up to stress. Superior, many people say, in every way to standard stick construction.
That is, except when on fire.
Live fire tests tell the tale, with light-weight roof sections and floors failing four times faster than traditional construction, and usually gone in minutes... The man who conducted these tests told CBS 2’s Young firefighters are less likely to attempt interior rescues when light construction is present.