Port of Houston Authority Fire Damage Evaluation
The Port of Houston Authority Barbours Cut Terminal RORO 1 building experienced a fire in June 2011 that lasted more than 5 hours. An unknown source ignited bales of cotton and rolls of paper stored at the southwest portion of the warehouse. The Port of Houston Marine Fire Department Incident Report indicated that the fire self-vented through the skylights before the first responders arrived. The Barbours Cut Terminal onsite fire department, along with a fire boat and the La Porte and Baytown Fire departments, extinguished the fire from multiple directions.
Walter P Moore performed a visual assessment of the RORO 1 warehouse to observe the steel framing, X-bracing, concrete slab-on-grade, concrete walls, concrete plinths, exterior siding, and roof decking. We reviewed available drawings, documented fire damaged elements, and selected damaged materials for laboratory testing. To identify areas of electrical system damage, we coordinated with an electrical engineer, and ensured that any structural repairs would respect required codes.
Conceptual recommendations and opinion of probable cost for each repair option were provided to the Port of Houston Authority (PHA), the PHA insurance broker, insurance carrier, and insurance carrier’s engineering consultant.