Fire re­vives push for sprin­klers in high-rises

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Res­i­dents dis­placed when flames tore through a 1960s-era Los Angeles apart­ment tower and in­jured 13 peo­ple this week are won­der­ing why the man­age­ment com­pany didn’t in­stall sprin­klers af­ter an­other de­struc­tive blaze seven years ago.

City of­fi­cials said af­ter the 2013 fire “that it shouldn’t take an­other tragedy” to get sprin­klers into older build­ings that are ex­empt from retrofitti­ng rules, City Coun­cil­man Mike Bonin said Thurs­day. “But it did.”

Bonin will in­tro­duce a mea­sure Fri­day that would re­quire sprin­klers in res­i­den­tial build­ings built more than 50 years ago, be­fore reg­u­la­tions re­quired fire-sup­pres­sion sys­tems in build­ings taller than 75 feet.

It’s an is­sue that of­fi­cials in other U.S. cities have grap­pled with in re­cent years. Honolulu passed reg­u­la­tions re­quir­ing stricter safety rules for build­ings with 10 floors or more af­ter a fire raged through a 35-story con­do­minium in 2017, killing four peo­ple. It was built in 1971, be­fore the city re­quired con­dos to have a sprin­kler sys­tem.

In Chicago, a 2015 law re­quired res­i­den­tial high-rises that were built be­fore 1975 to in­stall fire sprin­klers. In New York City, many older res­i­den­tial build­ings lack sprin­klers, a fact that made headlines in 2018 when a fire at Trump Tower killed a res­i­dent and in­jured fire­fight­ers.

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