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Product saves towering inferno in Caracas fire.(Product guide)

When fire broke out on the 34th floor of the 225 metre tall East Tower of the Torres Parque Centrale complex in Caracas, Venezuela in the early hours of October 17, the 56-story office structure (the country's tallest building) soon became a towering inferno.

The combined effects of a complete failure of the sprinkler and water pumping systems (claimed to be due to poor maintenance) as well as extremely high temperatures prevented firefighters from reaching its upper floors and 17 hours later the conflagration had reached the roof of the building, some 22 floors above its origin.

Fortuitously the building was fire protected with 'Cafco Blazeshield'. The structure deflected, but despite the lengthy duration of the fire it did not collapse, even though the original specification called for just two hours fire protection. …

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