Another Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Attic Fire

Spray Foam has struck again!

Back in September I wrote a post to raise awareness of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) for the fire service. In this article I referenced that there had been several fires that happen during the application of  SPF. By the initial reports it is appearing that a recent mansion fire in Middlebury Connecticut was an attic fire that happened during the application of SPF. According to a source close to initial crews this incident came in as an automatic fire alarm and wasn’t a reported fire due to construction crews possibly attempting to extinguish the fire.

Middlebury Mansion Fire: (Photos courtesy of Charlie Ovesny)

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News links:

http://wtnh.com/2014/07/04/middlebury-mansion-catches-fire/

https://storify.com/PatchCT/middlebury-firefighters-battling-blaze?utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign=&awesm=sfy.co_pZih

http://www.wfsb.com/story/25939238/middlebury-mansion-catches-fire

 

As mentioned above there has been several recent fires involving SPF. Here are some links of other incidents.

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080520/NEWS/805200318/-1/rss01

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/green-building-news/three-massachusetts-home-fires-linked-spray-foam-installation

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110211/NEWS/102110323

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110211/NEWS/102110323

To learn more about SPF hazards for the fire service be sure and check out Spray Foam Basics for the Fire Service.

 

Stay Safe

Captain John Shafer

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