Essays on The Windsor Tower Fire Assignment

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The paper "The Windsor Tower Fire" is a great example of a finance and accounting assignment. There have been incidents of fires every time a hazard occurs. When terrorist attack and when there is a road accident there is a likely chance that fire occurs. Fire incidents are disastrous causing loss of property and may cause deaths and bring in grieving. Policies, regulations, codes and laws have been put into place to ensure that such scenarios are completely removed. Therefore, the paper analysis four fires that occurred in a closed setting (buildings) from different countries.

In these cases, engineering regulations that were floated are been analyzed in relations to their contributions to the fire incident. Additionally, the lessons that were learned from these incidents are analyzed with recommendations on the prevention of such fires been brought forward. These four fire incidents include the Windsor Tower fire in Madrid Spain, First Interstate Bank, Los Angeles, n United States, Dongdu Commercial Building in Luoyang, China and the King’ s Cross Fire, London in the United Kingdom. The Windsor Tower Fire This is a fire incident that occurred in Madrid Spain on February 12, 2005.

It occurred in a storey building that had 32 storey concrete floors with a reinforced concrete central core. At the time of construction of the building and according to the code of building in Spain the internal steel beams and the perimeter walls were unprotected. It contained two heavily reinforced technical floors on the 2nd and 3rd floors and between the 16th and 17th floors (Osborne 2005, p. 70). Before, the fire broke out the building was under renovation in which fire protection was been developed for the perimeter steel columns by the use of a boarding system.

On the other hand, the internal steel beams were been protected with the help of spray protection. Additionally, the sprinkler system was been installed and a new aluminium cladding system was in the process of installation (Howard 2006, p. 120). At the time when the fire broke out the fire protection had reached the 17th floor with some portions on the 9th and 15th floors that were not complete. However, not all the gaps that are between the floor slabs and cladding had been sealed with the fireproof insulation material.  

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