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28 minutes ago, asthasr said:

I hope you're correct, but I can't help but consider things like the Avalon fire.

Not trying to be difficult here because that is certainly an unfortunate fire, but the article states "The fire was mostly contained by Wednesday night, with no loss of life or major injuries reported, according to Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland."

If I'm understanding the posts on fire codes above, it seems that the fire codes worked exactly as intended in this fire. No one was seriously hurt and no one was killed.

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That's very fair. I just wonder whether all of the building would've burnt down at all (costing 400 apartments worth of tenants their possessions, despite a lack of injury) if the thing wasn't a pile of wood.

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16 minutes ago, asthasr said:

That's very fair. I just wonder whether all of the building would've burnt down at all (costing 400 apartments worth of tenants their possessions, despite a lack of injury) if the thing wasn't a pile of wood.

It was unoccupied (it was in the middle of the construction process). Toz did a good job of convincing me that the fire would have been much less severe if an occupancy permit had been issued since more fire walls would have been in place and the sprinkler system would have been operating.

I would imagine the only significant costs involved in this fire were to the insurance carrier and the city of Raleigh (Fire Dept costs).

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Sorry I wasn't clear, I was referring to the Avalon fire I linked above.

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4 hours ago, Bikeguy said:

another one of these infernos is now in progress in Overland Park KS.  In this instance, reports are that up to a dozen nearby homes are now also ablaze from hot, flying embers..  http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article139693098.html

I am originally from this area, literally down the street. I watched this whole thing unfold as I still have many of the local KC stations on my Facebook newsfeed. There was all this talk above about these buildings going up in dense urban areas (Talking about the Raleigh Fire) this is the exact opposite. This is about as suburban as you can get. Large apartment complex going up on a busy street surrounded by a suburban neighborhood. I assume these were likely going up mostly for college students and young professionals. The Local community college, the University of Kansas - Overland Park campus and Corperate Woods (Think smaller Ballantyne) are right down the road. At some point these developers need to be held accountable for this kind of stuff, they are effectively giant bonfires waiting to go up before (and arguably after) they are finished. 17 homes damaged.

 

I live in one of these "stick built" complexes in South End currently. I watched the Townhouse fire by the Midnight Diner from my balcony. I have a lot of trust in the building codes not letting a place like where I live completely go up in flames, but it seems like just a matter of time.

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From 400 South Tryon....update on Retail renovations, see below.  Somebody should go take some pics.  Oh wait.

"

Please be advised, we are excited to inform you that the Church Street sidewalk renovation will be completed on Tuesday March 21, 2017. The sidewalk, as well as the parking deck stairwell on MLK and Church, will reopen on Wednesday March 22nd at 5:00am. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we completed this section of our retail renovation, and we can’t wait to unveil the completed retail space to you.  

"

 

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