Today in fire history: fire at the U.S. Treasury Building

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jun 26, 2011


!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef014e894f690a970d-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef014e894f690a970d-120wi|alt=Treasury-Fire|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Treasury-Fire|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef014e894f690a970d! On June 26, 1996, a fire occured at the United States Treasury, causing water and smoke damage throughout the building. The fire originated on the roof, and was caused by work that was being completed. After the incident, the building had to be closed for 4 days, displacing 1,200 to 1,400 employees.

Based on NFPA's investigation and analysis, there were several significant factors that contributed to property loss, including:

    • The failure to take adequiate safety precations during re-roofing operations

    • The lack of smoke or fire separations within the building

    • The open tunnel between the two buildings without adequate smoke or fire barrier separations


The full report can be downloadedby NFPA members for free. If you're not a member, consider joining , access to NFPA's investigation reports is just one of the many benefits.

-[Ben Evarts | mailto:bevarts@nfpa.org]