Mt. Blanc Tunnel Fire
(7.2 miles long tunnel, 28 feet wide, 2 lanes)
Just a reminder to all of you what can happen in a tunnel fire. On March 24th, 1999, 39 people died when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the tunnel.
Since that fire the tunnel was refurbished in 2002 to include the following:
- Fire-resistant stainless steel cladding fitted to walls
- Concrete-lined pressurized emergency shelters at every 300 meters (37 in total), fitted with fire doors and connected to a safety corridor parallel to the tunnel
- A total of 116 smoke extractors at every 100 meters
- Heat sensors at both ends of the tunnel to detect overheated trucks before they enter the tunnel
- Three command and control centers; the newly added central center has a round the clock firefighting team
- More traffic lights and flashing warning signs
What does Metro's tunnel design include? Where will the closest firefighting team be located? The plan on the Pasadena end, is to use the City of Pasadena's Fire Department. How long will that take to come to the rescue, and how will they enter the tunnel? When the EIR is out, these are questions we should be asking.
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