Skyscraper fire

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A skyscraper fire or high-rise fire is a class of structural fire specific to tall buildings. Skyscraper fires are one of the most technical fire-suppression challenges posed to modern fire departments, and require a high degree of organization and cooperation among participating units to be successfully contained and extinguished. Skyscraper fires are often multiple-alarm fires.

Notable fires in history[edit]

Building Height (m) City Country Date Death(s) Notes
Central Tower 91 m[1] San Francisco  United States 1906-04-18 April 18, 1906 ? Burned in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
Merchants Exchange Building 69 m[2] San Francisco 1906-04-18 April 18, 1906 ? Burned in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
Old Chronicle Building 95 m[3] San Francisco 1906-04-18 April 18, 1906 ? Burned in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
Mutual Bank Building San Francisco 1906-04-18 April 18, 1906 ? Burned in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
Asch Building 48 m[4] New York City 1911-03-25 March 25, 1911 146 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
The Sherry-Netherland 171 m[5] New York City 1927-04-12 April 12, 1927 0 Occurred during construction
Empire State Building 381 m[6] New York City 1945-07-28 July 28, 1945 14 Plane crash
40 Wall Street 283 m[7] New York City 1946-05-20 May 20, 1946 5 Plane crash
Winecoff Hotel 59 m[8] Atlanta 1946-12-07 December 7, 1946 119 Deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history
Ronan Point 64 m[9] London  United Kingdom 1968-05-16 May 16, 1968 4 Gas explosion caused partial collapse of the highrise.
1 New York Plaza 192 m[10] New York City  United States 1970-08-05 August 5, 1970 2
Taeyongak Hotel Seoul  South Korea 1971-12-25 December 25, 1971 163 Daeyeonggak Hotel fire, deadliest hotel fire in history
Andraus Building 115 m[11] São Paulo  Brazil 1972-02-24 February 24, 1972 16
Rault Tower New Orleans  United States 1972-11-29 November 29, 1972 6
Joelma Building São Paulo  Brazil 1974-02-01 February 1, 1974 179–189 Joelma fire
One World Trade Center New York City  United States 1975-02-13 February 13, 1975 0
Campbell Shopping Complex Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 1976-04-08 April 8, 1976 1 Campbell Shopping Complex fire
Bank Bumiputra Kuala Lumpur 1980-11-80 November 4, 1980
MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas  United States 1980-11-21 November 21, 1980 84 MGM Grand fire
Las Vegas Hilton Las Vegas 1981-2-10 February 10, 1981 8 Arson
Torre Santa María Santiago  Chile 1981-3-21 March 21, 1981 11 Occurred when carpet glue ignited during carpet installation.[12]
Al Rasheed Hotel Baghdad  Iraq 1982-7-21 July 21, 1982 1 Plane crash-Suicide by F-4 Phantom during Iran-Iraq War
Northwestern National Bank Minneapolis  United States 1980-11-21 November 25–26, 1982 0 Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day fire
KOMTAR Penang  Malaysia 1983-1-23 January 23, 1983 0
Prudential Tower Boston  United States 1983-1-23 January 2, 1986 0 A nine-alarm fire in the building spread because of the lack of a sprinkler system.[13][14]
Dupont Plaza Hotel Condado, Puerto Rico  United States 1986-12-31 December 31, 1986 97 Dupont Plaza Hotel arson
Schomburg Plaza New York City  United States 1987-03-22 March 22, 1987 7
Hotel International Zurich   Switzerland 1988-02-14 February 14, 1988 6 Deadliest high-rise fire in Swiss history
First Interstate Tower Los Angeles  United States 1988-05-04 May 4, 1988 1 First Interstate Tower fire
Peachtree 25th Building Atlanta 1989-06-30 June 30, 1989 1
One Meridian Plaza Philadelphia 1991-02-23 February 23–24, 1991 3
UNITIC Twin Towers Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-05-28 May 28, 1992 Burned after being repeatedly hit by Serbian incendiary tank shells.
Executive Council Building Sarajevo 1992-05-28 May 28, 1992 Burned after being repeatedly hit by Serbian incendiary tank shells.
Groeneveen and Kruitberg Amsterdam  Netherlands 1992-10-04 October 4, 1992 43 El Al Flight 1862 plane crash, Partial collapse
One World Trade Center New York City  United States 1993-02-26 February 26, 1993 6 Bombing which also resulted in 1,042 smoke related injuries
Stratosphere Tower Las Vegas 1993-08-30 August 30, 1993 0 Occurred during construction
White House (Moscow) Moscow  Russia 1993-10-08 October 8, 1993 unknown Caught fire from tank shelling during the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis
Hotel Olympik Prague  Czech Republic 1995-05-26 May 25, 1995 8
Tower 42 London  United Kingdom 1996-1-17 January 17, 1996 0 Occurred during refurbishment
Garley building Hong Kong  Hong Kong 1996-11-20 November 20, 1996 41 1996 Garley Building fire
Ušće Tower Belgrade  Serbia and Montenegro 1999-04-21 April 21, 1999 0 Struck by NATO air strikes during the Kosovo War setting the upper floors on fire.
Immigration Tower Hong Kong  Hong Kong 2000-08-02 August 2, 2000 2 Arson
Ostankino Tower Moscow  Russia 2000-08-27 August 27, 2000 3 Tallest structure in Europe
1 and 2 World Trade Center New York City  United States 2001-09-11 September 11, 2001 2312 Plane crashes in the September 11 attacks, causing full structural collapse.
7 World Trade Center New York City 2001-09-11 September 11, 2001 0 Full structural collapse caused by debris from the collapse of Buildings 1 and 2 (North and South towers) of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks.
90 West Street New York City 2001-09-11 September 11, 2001 2 Caused by debris from the collapse of Two World Trade Center: September 11 attacks
Pirelli Tower Milan  Italy 2002-04-18 April 18, 2002 3 Plane crash
Cook County Administration Building Chicago  United States 2003-10-17 October 17, 2003 6 Seven other seriously injured, fire thought to have been arson[15][16]
Al Rasheed Hotel Baghdad  Iraq 2003-12-26 December 26, 2003 1 Twenty-eight 68 mm and 85 mm Katyusha rockets were fired at and struck the hotel
Parque Central Complex east tower Caracas  Venezuela 2004-10-17 October 17, 2004 0 Damage to 34th-44th floors
LaSalle National Bank Building Chicago  United States 2004-12-07 December 7, 2004 0 25 injured[17]
Harrow Court Hertfordshire  United Kingdom 2005-02-02 February 2, 2005 3 Harrow Court fire
Windsor Tower Madrid  Spain 2005-02-12 February 12, 2005 0 Partially collapsed; subsequently demolished
Tohid Town Residential Tehran  Iran 2005-12-06 December 6, 2005 106 Plane crash: 2005 Iranian Air Force C-130 crash
Transport Tower Astana  Kazakhstan 2006-05-30 May 30, 2006 0 Fire destroyed upper floors of 34-story government building
Belaire Apartments New York City  United States 2006-10-11 October 11, 2006 2 Plane crash
Fortune Tower Dubai  United Arab Emirates 2007-01-18 January 18, 2007 4 Occurred during construction, 57 injured
Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai  China 2007-08-14 August 14, 2007 0 Occurred on 40th floor during construction
Deutsche Bank Building New York City  United States 2007-08-18 August 18, 2007 2 Occurred during dismantling, demolished due to damage from the September 11 attacks
The Water Club Atlantic City 2007-09-23 September 23, 2007 0 Occurred during construction.[18]
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Las Vegas 2008-01-25 January 25, 2008 0 Fire affecting top six floors
Abraj Al Bait Towers Mecca  Saudi Arabia 2008-10-28 October 28, 2008 0 Occurred during construction; fire consumed nine floors
Beijing Television Cultural Center Beijing  China 2009-02-09 February 9, 2009 1 Beijing Television Cultural Center fire
Bashundhara City Tower Dhaka  Bangladesh 2009-03-13 March 13, 2009 4
Abraj Al Bait Towers Mecca  Saudi Arabia 2009-05-01 May 1, 2009 0 Occurred during construction
Lakanal House London  United Kingdom 2009-07-03 July 3, 2009 6 Lakanal House fire
Wooshin Golden Suites Busan  South Korea 2010-09-01 September 1, 2010 0 Wooshin Golden Suites fire
Unnamed high-rise apartment block Shanghai  China 2010-11-15 November 15, 2010 58 Occurred during renovation; 2010 Shanghai fire
Dynasty Wanxin building complex Towers A and B (Tower C was unaffected) Shenyang 2011-02-03 February 3, 2011 0 Started from fireworks during Chinese New Year Celebrations.[19]
Unnamed Highrise Hanoi  Vietnam 2011-12-16 December 15, 2011 0 Fire occurred during construction, 11 workers injured.[20]
Uncompleted high rise block Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 2012-01-18 January 18, 2012 0 [21]
Fico Place Bangkok  Thailand 2012-03-03 March 3, 2012 0 Two firemen injured[22]
Federation Tower (East Tower) Moscow  Russia 2012-04-2 April 2, 2012 0 Occurred while the building was under construction
Al Tayer Tower Sharjah  United Arab Emirates 2012-04-28 April 28, 2012 0 [23]
Polat Tower Residence Istanbul  Turkey 2012-07-17 July 17, 2012 0 [24]
Tamweel Tower Dubai  United Arab Emirates 2012-11-18 November 18, 2012 0 [25]
Oko Tower 1 Moscow  Russia 2013-01-25 January 25, 2013 0 Fire occurred on 24th floor during construction, one worker was injured.[26]
Torre Ejecutiva Pemex Tower Mexico City  Mexico 2013-01-31 January 31, 2013 33 Gas explosion affecting the main building's 14 story annex Torre Ejecutiva Pemex explosion
Grozny-City Towers Grozny  Russia 2013-04-03 April 3, 2013 0 [27]
Jianye Mansion Guangzhou  China 2013-04-03 December 15, 2013 0 [28]
The Strand New York City  United States 2014-01-05 January 5, 2014 1 [29]
One57 New York City  United States 2015-03-14 March 15, 2014 0 Fire broke out in the loading dock, then spread to the courtyard and a neighboring property.
Lotus Park building Mumbai  India 2014-07-18 July 18, 2014 1 [30]
Lacrosse Apartments Melbourne  Australia 2014-11-25 November 25, 2014 0 Fire started on an 8th floor balcony and rapidly spread up the facade cladding.[31]
Wedgwood Apartments Castle Hills, Texas  United States 2014-12-28 December 28, 2014 5 [32]
The Marina Torch Dubai  United Arab Emirates 2015-02-21 February 21, 2015 0 At least 7 people were injured.
Wisma Kosgoro Jakarta  Indonesia 2015-03-10 March 10, 2015 0 Fire destroyed floors 16–20.[33]
Unnamed Highrise Baku  Azerbaijan 2015-05-19 May 19, 2015 16 See 2015 Baku residence building fire
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas  United States 2015-07-25 July 25, 2015 0 Fire occurred on the pool deck fueled by cabanas and artificial trees; two people were treated for smoke inhalation.[34]
Unnamed Residential Tower Sharjah  United Arab Emirates 2015-10-01 October 1, 2015 0 Fire burned building facade, 19 treated for smoke inhalation.[35]
John Hancock Center Chicago  United States 2015-11-21 November 21, 2015 0 A two-alarm fire broke out on the 50th floor. Five injured.[36]
The Address Downtown Dubai Dubai  United Arab Emirates 2015-12-31 December 31, 2015 1 Occurred on New Year's Eve, 14 injured.[37]
Plasco Building Tehran  Iran 2017-01-19 January 19, 2017 21 The 17-story building collapsed after a fire started on the ninth floor. Seventy injured.[38]
Grenfell Tower London  United Kingdom 2017-06-14 June 14, 2017 72 The 24-storey tower block fire spread from the second floor to the top of the building.[39] See Grenfell Tower fire
Pamchal Chitgar Building Tehran  Iran 2017-06-14 June 14, 2017 0 The residential 20-storey tower - four injured
Marco Polo Apartments Honolulu  United States 2017-07-14 July 14, 2017 3 Blaze started on the 26th floor of the 36-story apartments. Fire quickly spread to three more floors, making it a 5-alarm fire. This is the deadliest high-rise fire in Hawaii's history.
Rotana Hotel Building Mashhad  Iran 2017-07-22 July 22, 2017 0 Under construction 20-storey hotel
The Marina Torch Dubai  United Arab Emirates 2017-08-04 August 4, 2017 0
Trump Tower New York City  United States 2018-04-30 April 7, 2018 1 6 firefighters injured
Trump International Hotel and Tower (Baku) Baku  Azerbaijan 2018-04-30 April 28, 2018 0 Involved two separate fires the same day
Wilton Paes de Almeida Building São Paulo  Brazil 2018-04-30 April 30, 2018 1 Building collapsed shortly after blaze
Paramis Building Tehran  Iran 2018-07-22 July 22, 2018 0 21-storey residential building
FR Tower Dhaka  Bangladesh 2019-03-28 March 28, 2019 25 FR Tower fire
AXA Equitable Center United States  United States 2019-06-10 June 10, 2019 1 2019 New York City helicopter crash

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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