Burnt offerings : Kemano, a deserted town in remote British Columbia, provided the ideal ground for testing a sprinkler's ability to put out house fires

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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Consulting Engineer
Volume43
IssueMay 3
Pages26
SubjectSprinklers
AbstractKemano, British Columbia, was a company town built 50 years ago by Alcan Smelters and Chemicals to support its hydroelectric station. When the station became essentially automated, making the town obsolete, an idea was born. The deserted town was donated to B.C.'s Office of the Fire Commissioner for training and research. This has been known as the Kemano Public Safety Initiative. As part of this unique opportunity, the National Research Council of Canada was invited to conduct a series of full-scale fire experiments at the town. One series of experiments was designed to evaluate the performance of a cross-linked-polyethylene pipe sprinkler system in an abandoned house that contained furniture to simulate a normal occupancy. The house was a wood-framed bi-level structure with approximately 1,000 square feetper floor (2,000 square feet total).
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NotePublished in Solplan Review, No. 104, May 2002, p. 18.
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number45664
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NPARC number20378645
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