On May 27, 1987, an estimated 8 to 10 gallons of flammable liquid was spilled in an automotive paint distribution center in Dayton, Ohio. Apparently, sparks from an electric lift truck ignited the material, and the roof began collapsing within 15 minutes of the ignition. The fire eventually consumed approximately 1.5 million gallons of automotive paints and related flammable liquids. Despite attempted manual suppression, and sprinkler system operation, the entire warehouse was destroyed and the total cost, including debris removal reached $49 million (nearly $100 million in today’s dollars).
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