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Re: GSBN:Re: Fire-Resistant Straw Bale and Fighting a SB fire
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- Subject: Re: GSBN:Re: Fire-Resistant Straw Bale and Fighting a SB fire
- From: Tom Hahn tomhahn@...
- Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 11:32:22 -0700
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Bob, Bill and all - Waaaay back in the day, in probably one of the
first couple of The Last Straws I was Editor for (maybe Issue #13,
#14, or #15?... Joyce?), we did an article specifically on a
straw-bale fire. A good friend of mine, who some of you may know,
Richard Hofmeister, and I did a little forensic investigation and
writeup of the fire that destroyed his famous student straw-bale
shelter at Taliesin West. He went into a good amount of detail about
what likely started the fire, how it burned, and what fire-fighting
techniques were successful and not...
On Dec 20, 2007 4:25 AM, Bob Bolles bobbolles01@... wrote:
Deputy Chief, Don Fisher, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire District (Arizona) has
requested information on two aspects of Straw Bale Buildings 1) Features of
SB Construction that make our building more fire resistant 2) How to best
fight a fire in a SB Structure.
Having recently fought his first SB structure fire has motivated him to
research SB buildings and use that information to write an article in a
In the case of the building fire that Chief Fisher encountered, the
plaster lath was attached to one side of steel studs and girts, and the
Bales were placed on the inside of the studs, creating an air cavity
between. Additionally, the barrier between the top of the Bales and the
attic was OSB. The fire was apparently started by a welding torch.
We would appreciate all of your ideas about how to design and build
Fire-Resistant SBC and what you would like firefighters to know about
dealing with a fire in a Straw Bale Building
If there is enough response, I will also put together a summary to submit
to The Last Straw.
Best Regards and Happy Holidays~
Sustainable Building Systems
San Diego CA USA
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