Perhaps the most striking lesson to be learned from the
One Meridian Plaza high-rise fire is what can happen when
everything goes wrong. Major failures occurred in nearly
all fire protection systems. Each of these failures helped
produce a disaster. The responsibility for allowing these
circumstances to transpire can be widely shared, even by
those not directly associated with the events on and before
February 23, 1991.
To prevent another disaster like One Meridian Plaza requires
learning the lessons it can provide. The consequences of
this incident are already being felt throughout the fire
protection community. Major code changes have already been
enacted in Philadelphia (see Appendix G) and new proposals
are under consideration by the model code organizations.
These changes may eventually reduce the likelihood of such
a disaster in many communities.