Lawmakers scrutinize building codes in wake of multi-story apartment conflagration

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Concrete industry stakeholders are tracking New Jersey officials’ response to a massive fire that destroyed more than half of Avalon at Edgewater, a four-level, 408-unit apartment complex framed with lightweight wood trusses. Reportedly triggered by a plumbing crew’s welding torch, the mid-January blaze saw no loss of life and minor injuries, but displaced more than 1,000 residents of the development and neighboring properties.

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