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Followup on Cleveland Keith Building Fire
The Keith Building is your typical multi-tenent, multi-purpose office building, which also has become a defacto carrier hotel. Over 20 different carriers have equipment, and circuits in the building. Although the property damage was limited, and no one was severely injured, during the fire department response several providers had service interruptions. In a multi-tenent building, it is often difficult to do pre-fire planning. Even though we are all competitors, in such situations, we all share the same fate. On fire-life-safety issues it would make sense for those of us in each of organizations to ensure the overall safety of the buildings we are all in. The National Fire Protection Assocation is developing guidelines for telecommunication facilities. Are there any lessons we can learn from the Keith Building fire which should be included in the recommended guidelines? Can we work with the local fire departments on more effective pre-fire planning?