samhill wrote:Is it just me or do more people think there should be automatic fire alarms & a sprinkler system in most parts of that plant? I know in the steelmills they had systems in all the buildings that weren't always used for just that reason.
I work in that particular industry. If I were the fire marshal after that fire I'd be questioning the hazards of that building. Chances are, it probably did have a sprinkler system and a fire alarm system. The problem however is "change of occupancy" and "change of hazard", both were probably inadequate for the hazard they were covering. So, during that fire neither system did their job more than likely the fire alarm system was destroyed when the ammunition started cooking off and the sprinkler system couldn't dump water fast enough to put the fire out. I'm almost willing to bet they needed a foam system with open heads to control that fire.