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Conflagration to Code: How Historic Building Fires Shaped Modern Codes

  • 20 Oct 2021
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
  • Rose Vine Hall


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Conflagration to Code: How Historic Building Fires Shaped Modern Codes

*Note - there will be a virtual option for attendance. Please select this when registering and an invite will be sent with a link to the virtual meeting.

Presenter: Thomas Gardner, PE - Harrington Group, Inc. (HGI) 

This presentation offers an in-depth analysis of the causes and contributing factors in some of most notorious structure fires in the U.S. and outlines how the lessons learned eventually translated into modern code requirements. The discussion will include many well-know fires such as Coconut Grove, Our Lady of the Angles, Iroquois Theater, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, The Winecoff Hotel, and others.   

Learning Objectives: After this session, attendees should be able to: 

  1. Recall historically significant fires (in terms of their impact on Codes). 
  2. Understanding the building’s pre-fire configuration. 
  3. Understand the causes and contributing factors that led to the severity of these fires. 
  4. Understand the lessons learned because of these fires.  
  5. Understand what eventually translated into code requirements as a direct result of the fires.  
  6. In addition, session attendees will be able to recognize the resulting requirements in modern codes as some have changed due to more than one fire. 

With this knowledge, attendees will be able to apply these code requirements in a manner consistent with their intent. 

Thomas Gardner holds a BS in General Science from Fordham University and a BS in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland.  He is a registered Professional Engineer (Fire Protection Engineering) in 14 states and has over 40 years of experience.  Tom has 20 years’ experience as a volunteer firefighter.  He was the editor of the 6th and 7th Editions of the NFPA 99 Handbook and co-authored two editions of NFPA’s Fire and Life Safety in Health Care Facilities.  Tom is the Past Chair of the SFPE’s Engineering Education Committee, Past Chair of the NFPA’s Health Care Section, is a Fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and is a Senior Project Manager with the Harrington Group.

Please plan to attend this important informational event.  We encourage you to pass this invitation on to co-workers, professional acquaintances, friends, and others that would be interested in this program and our MN SFPE chapter.


Membership is not mandatory for this program, but always encouraged.  See you there!



Social hour - 5:00 p.m.

Dinner - 5:30 p.m.

Meeting - 5:45 p.m.

Presentation - 6:00 p.m.


Rose Vine Hall

2801 Snelling Ave.

Roseville, MN 55113


Meeting, Program, and Dinner Costs

$20.00 (Members of MN SFPE)

$25.00 (Non-members of MN SFPE)


Reservations must be made before 4:00 pm Friday, October 15th, 2021. 

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