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RE: Fire Damage to Joists

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My guess is that this project is in West Texas.  Therefore, the joists
and deck are most likely Vulcraft products.  I suggest that you call
them in Grapeland for assistance.  Try Skip Fitts or Mike Miller at
(409) 687-4665.  
Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Rollo [mailto:rrollo(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, October 05, 1998 4:08 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Fire Damage to Joists

I have a client that has had a fire in a lease property. 

Open web joists, metal deck, et al on cast in place concrete bearing
Fire was automobile on lift up near structure (joists) 
I don't thin the walls were exposed directly to the heat source (ie they
were much farther away the the roof structure.)

Other than the obvious looking at the joists for noticable sag due to
steel becoming plastic, and examination of the embeds and top of wall
for damage due to the expanxion of the joists, is/are there any other

Does this level of heat modify allowable stresses in the joist or deck
materials?  Does it affect welded connections within the joist? etc.

Any other thoughts would be appreciated in advance. 

robert d. rollo, PE 
Corporate Associate 
(806) 747-0161vox 
(806) 747-7146 fax