A fire at a Quincy, Mass. apartment complex built by Avalon Bay has spurred an investigation into whether inadequate fire stopping in the attic caused the total loss of the building. The Quincy Patriot-Ledger reported that investigators found draft stopping in the attic at the Faxon Park Apartments was not continuous, as required, undermining its ability to limit the spread of a fire started on a top floor balcony. Investigators believe that with proper fire stopping, the fire would not have spread so quickly and engulfed the building so completely.
All 24 units in the building were destroyed in the fire. It was one of five buildings AvalonBay built and later sold. Inspectors are now looking into the remaining buildings to check on the construction of firestopping in those attics.