Wow! That sounds like a pretty big undertaking to evacuate so many people. Most modern housing is built pretty cheap. Codes require minimum protections, but they really aren't adequate most of the time.Wow, that's a cool job. Had a major fire, near where I work, College Park, near DC, in this huge, cheaply built apartment building. Nobody was hurt, but they evacuated the entire University of Maryland (40,000 people). What sucks, is that so many places have relaxed building codes. I live in a renovated rowhouse, built in 1888, and then, they had brick firewalls. One building might burn, but the one connected, would be OK. Cheap ass construction makes me mad.