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November 14, 2012

Burned Juneau apartment was a high-risk building

  • The 95-year-old building had no fire sprinklers, poor exterior access and numerous interior voids where fires could run uncontrolled.
  • JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau fire officials say the burned Gastineau Apartments building has long been considered a high-risk building.

    Nathan Young, the fire department's chief training officer, said lack of a sprinkler system, numerous void spaces and poor exterior access are among factors that make the 95-year-old downtown building a dangerous “target hazard” in terms of firefighting. The building burned last week.


     
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