Thursday, February 05, 2009

Is Tulsa's Cathedral fireproof?

The tragic fire at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago came at the end of their renovation efforts. The historic church caught fire early yesterday morning. Firefighters worked for two hours to extinguish the flames.

Cardinal George and his Cathedral Rector said that they were happy no one was seriously injured. They plan to rebuild the sections of the roof that were damaged.

As of this writing, no one has determined the cause of the blaze. It is worth noting that Holy Name had a fire suppression system in the attic. So do we at Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa.

What is the difference? Is our roof protected?

News reports from Chicago say that the fire suppression system in their cathedral sprayed water downward but not up. That is why the roof burned freely until the Fire Department arrived. Monsignor Gier says that Holy Family's fire suppression system shoots water both ways to quickly eliminate flames from above and below.

These photos show the attic - the space immediately above the vaulted ceilings.

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