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In England, fire engineers were quick to blame exterior cladding that builders added to the mid-1970s structure as part of a refit. The “thermal panels,” generally composite sandwiches of metal on the outside with extruded polystyrene or a rubberized weather barrier in the middle, are supposed to provide insulation against weather and make older buildings look nicer. But some of the best insulators are foamed hydrocarbons. “Not surprisingly, they burn pretty well,” says Alexander Morgan , head of the Applied Combustion and Energy Group at the University of Dayton Research Institute and editor in chief of the Journal of Fire Sciences . If a fire in a single unit of a building spreads out a window and to the panels, they can act like a highway to other floors—and a gap between the panels and the building can turn into a flue.


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