Originally Posted by carve
The sprinklers probably eventually failed. Nevertheless, they certainly worked for a time, people were fighting it the whole time and it nearly collapsed anyway. They probably had a tougher time fighting the upper floors, but fortunately, those aren't carrying most of the building's weight.
Not nearly as fun of a story as a massive conspiracy, eh?
Fire Engulfs Office Building in Madrid
City officials were afraid the building might collapse entirely.
"At this point the fire can't be fought and we have to wait," said Pedro Calvo, the official in charge of the fire department and other emergency services.
Firefighters and police evacuated nearby buildings and streets for fear of a total collapse. Firefighters also started hosing down neighboring office buildings to keep the fire from spreading.