The cockloft was accessible from the service area.
The fire swept through the halls of the second floor in the north wing of the school, and flashed through the cockloft above the classrooms.
There are three reasons for unusually rapid fire spread in a cockloft of a multiple dwelling or row of stores.
Heated fire gases and flame in a concealed space can travel upwards several floors and break out in a cockloft .
As the ceilings were pulled, fire was moving across the cockloft from the adjacent hardware store.
All these wooden row houses had cocklofts - 3 to 4-foot attic spaces between the top apartment and the roof connected through rows of buildings.
The cocklofts have mostly been converted in later times, but they are beautifully preserved in this house.
Due to the height of the ceiling and the fact that there were double cocklofts , the decision was to mount a defensive fire fighting operation.
There are common cocklofts , large areas, and myriad void spaces through which fire can travel.
Since poor people cannot afford the high rent prices, they have to jostle in bed-size apartments and partitioned rooms in the cocklofts of aged buildings.