Saturday, January 24, 2015
Maybe the code should be changed
Crews were still on the scene Friday morning putting out hot spots. The biggest obstacle to controlling the blaze was the building itself, made of lightweight wood construction.
“You have a lot of open voids, open spaces, fire spreading quickly through the walls and floors, leading to collapses. In fact, a complex built here by the same company of the same materials burnt to the ground in 2000, while still under construction,” Fire Chief Thomas Jacobson said.
The chief added that the inexpensive material, which is now commonly used in new construction, is up to code in New Jersey.
How many of these firetraps are in Queens?