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Jeff Zwirn asked to aid in Surfside building collapse
December 4, 2021
Jeff Zwirn asked to aid in Surfside building collapse
          The Miami Herald is investigating the fire alarm systems failure at Chaplain Towers in Surfside Florida before the building collapsed.  They have asked me to I conduct a forensic analysis.  
          The Miami Herald reported the following:
          “A fire alarm could have saved lives at Surfside tower. Residents say it didn’t go off. 
          When the pool deck at Champlain Towers South collapsed early on the morning of June 24, the building’s fire alarm system quickly sent out a distress signal to its alarm company. It was 1:15 a.m. — seven minutes before half of the 12-story tower came crashing down and killed 98 people. But in that crucial seven-minute span between the pool deck collapsing and the tower failing, no klaxons, sirens or warnings seem to have gone off in the building’s condo units, hallways or lobby, according to a review of audio and video footage and interviews with more than a dozen residents and workers — raising questions about a possible failure or malfunction of the system. “There was no alarm,” said unit owner Iliana Monteagudo. “That would’ve woken everyone up.” A Ring camera that turned on in the condo above Monteagudo’s just seconds before the tower collapsed picked up the sounds of small chunks of plaster falling from the ceiling — but no blaring alarms.”
          Thanks for keeping those on this forum advised.
Jeffrey Zwirn
          What a horrible tragedy.  But I really doubt any alarm sound would have made a difference.  What is really needed is better engineering and inspection of buildings, particularly those on the ocean; they really get beat by the salt, wind and water. 
          I wonder if there are any alarms that could be deployed to detect sound or movement in a structure.

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