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Lightweight Is The Way To Go

OUR FRIENDS IN CANADA are battling attempts by provincial legislators to cozy up to builders (they have that problem up there, too) who want to build mid-size office and apartment buildings with all-wood construction.  One of the western provinces (don't quote me, but I think it's Alberta or BC) are now allowing 6-story occupancies of all-wood products.

We have already lost the battle down here against the so-called lightweight construction which we lovingly refer to as wood-chips-and-glue construction.  Clad with colorful vinyl siding and kept cost-effective by not putting sprinklers in them, we already have out own instant-conflagration farms springing up all over.

Faithful FG reader George Crosby passes along these news clips from Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where their lawmakers love their home builders more than their constituents.  Clip #1 was posted in the Odenton-Severn Patch on September 30:

Firefighters Sunday night spent hours battling a large blaze at an apartment complex in Odenton.

Odenton-Severn Patch / Estes

Lt. Cliff Kooser of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said units responded at about 6 p.m. to the 2000 block of Military Place, just off Blue Water Boulevard. They found smoke and fire coming from the roof of a three-story, garden-style apartment building.

The fire escalated to two alarms, and there were more than 60 firefighters on the scene along with 25 pieces of equipment from as far away as Kent Island.

Firefighters were still fighting the blaze as of 9 p.m. Sunday.

Tower82Photography posted a good video:

 

CLICK HERE for the 20-image photo gallery.

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Clip #2:  Fast-forward to yesterday (Wednesday), same apartment project, same news source:

A fire has torn through an apartment building in Odenton, not far from where a blaze struck about a month ago. Fire officials said the fire affected about 12 units, displacing as many as 30 people.

Odenton-Severn Patch / Jenkins

The blaze began shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday near the 2000 block of Kintore Circle. Firefighters quickly entered the building to an effort to suppress the flames and find anyone inside, according to Division Chief Michael Cox of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

However, the fire spread to all three levels of the building, and firefighters were forced to battle the blaze from the outside using elevated water streams, Cox said.

Cox said it took 60 firefighters from the Anne Arundel County and the Fort Meade fire departments to get the fire under control.

Read this story with a 21-image photo gallery HERE.

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