#TBT From The NFPA Archives: Fire at One Meridian Plaza, February 23, 1991

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Feb 23, 2017

Interior space after fire at One Meridian Plaza, Philadelphia, PA (February 23, 1991)Remains of an interior space after fire at One Meridian Plaza. (February 23, 1991)


Twenty-six years ago, on February 23, 1991, a fire broke out on the 22nd floor of One Meridian Plaza in Philadelphia. Twenty-five people were injured and three fire fighters lost their lives.


From NFPA Journal v.86, no.5, 1992:

"An early-evening fire in a 38-story, highrise building in downtown Philadelphia on Saturday, February 23, 1991 resulted in the deaths of three fire fighters, fire extension to nine floors, and severe structural damage to the building.
The loss of electrical power, including emergency power, and inadequate hose stream pressure hampered fire fighting activities during the 18 1/2-hour effort to control the blaze. As a result, fire spread from the 22nd floor--the floor
of origin--to the 29th floor. Ultimately, an automatic sprinkler system supplied with water by fire department pumpers through the siamese connection halted vertical fire spread at the 30th floor."



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