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Re: GSBN:Re: Fire-Resistant Straw Bale and Fighting a SB fire



The article is on p. 42 of TLS#14/Spring 1996.

Joyce

on 12.20.2007 12:32 PM, Tom Hahn at tomhahn@...:

> 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...
>
> Tom
>
>> 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
>>> firefighter's magazine.
>>>
>>> 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~
>>>
>>> bb
>>>
>>> Sustainable Building Systems
>>>
>>> San Diego CA USA
>>>
>>
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