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February 5, 2015

Recent fires rekindle debate: Masonry or wood construction?

  • Architect Malcolm Jollie says the decision of which material to use comes down to what pencils-out financially for the developer.
    Special to the Journal

    AP Photo/Julio Cortez [enlarge]
    The Avalon at Edgewater, a wood-frame apartment complex, was engulfed by flames last month in New Jersey.

    Despite massive damage, recent large-scale building fires in Los Angeles and New Jersey resulted in no deaths to occupants or firefighters.

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