Ordinary construction has been in our hometowns for more than a century. Unfortunately, many firefighters have died in the line of duty fighting fires in these buildings. This interactive presentation will give the strategy and tactics necessary to succeed when faced with fires in these buildings. These buildings have often changed occupancy, had alterations done, and have been neglected through the years, creating unique challenges. Ordinary construction has many special features and facets that cannot be taken for granted. Often, new construction has been used within these buildings, hiding their features while still looking like ordinary construction. Fires in these buildings require a different approach than the typical residential or commercial fire-tactics. This presentation will review the construction features and provide firefighters and fire officers with the tools needed for fireground success.