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Firewalls(for preventing fire propogation)

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The National Fire Protection Agency's voluminous books on the subject takes 
quite an effort to comprehend, like any other regulatory document.  A have a 
simple question, for which I have not yet found an answer.  When a structural 
steel member passes through a firewall, is there a requirement to seal the 
gap between the steel member and the block masonry firewall? If yes, what 
material should be used? Shouldn't the sealant be capable of allowing some 
expansion of the steel member (due to heat by conduction)? The firewall 
separates an egress stairwell from a process area.

Raj.