A terrible fire in Hobart has destroyed the historic building that housed Myer, our largest Australian department store company.
I am so confident in our building's sprinkler system. How could our building burn? It is all concrete and has umpteen fire protection measures.
The mainland newspapers seem to have forgotten the fire a few hours afterwards. I have been dwelling on it and checking stuffs online.
The Hobart Myer store had sprinklers, but the fire started in a cavity between a ceiling and a floor where sprinklers could not put it out.
Given we stayed at this hotel a couple of years before ninety one people died when it caught fire, I am very aware of fires in high rise buildings.
I have seen fire sprinklers in action and I cannot imagine how they could not put any fire out. Sprinkler is a poor descriptive word. High pressure pumped water is sprayed out at force.
I assume the building had wooden floors and they fire caught hold so well in the old timber, the sprinklers could not put the fire out.
It is a worry and I will follow the investigation. ( just checked google for Jomtien fire and guess what, I have written about it before.)
Pic courtesy Hobart Mercury.