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The Glass Inferno
The Glass Inferno
Author: Thomas N. Scortia, Frank M. Robinson
The snow that began falling on Thanksgiving Eve added an extra magic to the spectacular new sixty-six-story high rise known as the Glass House. It dominated the city skyline: the latest triumph of modern architecture and engineering. But unnoticed, deep within it, a tiny spark grew until it became an inferno that changed the lives of the hundred...  more »
ISBN: 18378
Pages: 374
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Every beast has a time and place of birth.
For the fire, it was late afternoon in a small room deep within one of the newer high rises that dotted the city. The room had purpose and importance--though it was never pointed out during the frequent tours of the building--and an indefinable odor, characteristic of rooms of its type. It was also a little more cluttered than the usual.
It was shortly after five o'clock when the door to the room opened; thereafter the overhead fluorescents flickered on. There was a long pause, the slight shuffling sounds of something being moved, then the snap of a switch as the lights extinguished. Eyes blinked in the glow from the open doorway, casually inspecting the room for a few seconds. Then shoulders briefly obscured the light from the corridor, the door closed, and the room lost itself in darkness.
But not total darkness. A small spark glowed in one corner of the room, nursed by a frayed cotton strand--the umbilical cord for the beast.
The temperature of the room was a little less than 70 degrees and starting to fall, mirroring the chill autumn air outside the building.