The Tragedy of High-Rise Fires

In November of 2019, we suffered what appeared to be just another tragic high-rise fire in a string of devastating high-rise fires spanning decades. We once again began to ask ourselves if this is the one; the one that speaks to the Honorable Judge Hayes’s quote. We have done so much and yet we continue to suffer tragic high-rise fires. The question is not about what has been done, the question is, are we living “above our ability”? The answer is, “No.” This trend continues despite all that we have accomplished in the model codes. 

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