Philly firefighters recall lessons from historic high-rise fire

Changes were made nationwide to prepare for similar high-rise fires


By Natalie Pompilio
The Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA — When Jack Bloomer and the other firefighters arrived at One Meridian Plaza that cold February night in 1991, flames were encompassing the building more than 20 stories above, leaping from floor to floor. Smoke poured into the air, and broken glass rained down.

"It was obvious when we pulled up it was an ugly-looking job," Bloomer, 61, remembered yesterday.

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