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Fire consumes business

CALIFORNIA-An intense fire that began in a storage yard behind a floor-covering business spread to the structure, several vehicles, and apartments, destroying the business.

The main two-story building, which was 100 feet (30 meters) long and 70 feet (21 meters) wide, had brick walls. There was a wood-frame addition at the rear of the building and four apartments on the second floor. The storage yard was covered by a metal roof. It is not known whether fire detection or suppression suppression /sup·pres·sion/ (su-presh´un)
1. the act of holding back or checking.

2. sudden stoppage of a secretion, excretion, or normal discharge.

 equipment was present.

One of the business' owners was in an apartment about an hour after closing time when he noticed smoke in the storage area. When he went to investigate, he discovered the fire. He tried unsuccessfully un·suc·cess·ful  
1. Having an unfavorable outcome: an unsuccessful venture.

2. Failing to attain something desired or intended: an unsuccessful entrepreneur.
 to extinguish Extinguish

Retire or pay off debt.
 it with a garden hose before trying to move machinery and a pickup Pickup

A gain in yield made by selling one bond and buying another. Also referred to as "yield pickup."

When the present yield is relatively low compared to the longer-term yields, pickups will be done by investors trying to increase the yield and duration of their
 truck, sustaining second-degree burns second-degree burn
A burn that blisters the skin and is more severe than a first-degree burn.

second-degree burn See Burn.
 to his arms. The fire department received the alarm at 6:04 p.m.

Damage to the building is estimated at $320,000, and damage to its contents at $4 million.
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Author:Kenneth Tremblay
Publication:NFPA Journal
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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