|Interstate Bank Building Fire Los Angeles, California (May 4, 1988)|
|On Wednesday, May 4 and continuing in to May 5, 1988, the Los Angeles
City Fire Department responded to and extinguished the most challenging
and difficult high-rise fire in the city's history. The fire destroyed four
floors and damaged a fifth floor of the modern 62 story First Interstate
Bank building in downtwon L.A., claimed one life, injured approximately
35 occupants and 14 fire personnel, and resulted in a property loss of over
This was one of the most destructive high-rise fires in recent United States history. The fire presented the greatest potential for the "Towering Inferno" scenario of any U.S. fire experience and was controlled only through the massive and dedicated manual fire suppression efforts large metropolitan fire department. It demonstrated the absolute need automatic sprinklers to provide protection for tall buildings.