This is an Apartment Building in my old city. There are two sections to this building that has a fire rated separation down the center of the building. Each section has a center stairway in the front with two apartments on each floor (one to the left and one to the right of the stairway). As indicated in the rear view, each apartment has a rear balcony with a fire escape stairway. There are a total of 10 apartments in each section for a total of 20 apartments in the building.
The Fire occurs at 0630 Hours on a Sunday morning. The building is wood platform construction with a truss roof assembly. The exterior load bearing walls are wood frame. The floors are constructed of a joist system with 2x10 joists supporting the floors. The exterior has a brick veneer. All interior wall assemblies are drywall (sheetrock) on wood studs. There is no built-in fire protection system. Individual units have battery operated smoke detectors.
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