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Reporter Phil Rogers Investigates High-Rise Fire Safety Compliance

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Through his reporting, NBC 5 Chicago Investigative Reporter Phil Rogers has long been an advocate of fire safety in Chicago high-rises. His most recent report on February 15, 2017, follows up on compliance with the city’s high-rise fire safety measures 14 years after the fatal Cook County Administration Building fire. Following that fire, the...
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Fire Occurs in Unprotected Chicago High-Rise, Site of Fatal Fire in 2012

This morning, a fire occurred on the fourth floor of 3130 North Lake Shore Drive, the same unsprinklered residential high-rise where Shantel McCoy was killed in a 2012 fire. Following the 2012 fire, the Illinois State Fire Marshal cited the building for 19 violations, including not having a fire sprinkler system, which is required...
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Trump Tower Fire Controlled by Fire Sprinkler System, Showing Stark Contrast from Hancock Center Fire in November

According to Chicago Fire Department reports from the morning of February 18, fire sprinklers controlled a fire in a trash compactor on the 50th floor of the Trump Tower, preventing injuries, deaths and any major damage to the building. Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, says the...
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Chicago Tribune Editorial Response: Chicago Life Safety Evaluation Compliance in Residential High-Rises

Responses to Chicago Tribune editorial on Feb. 12: Unfortunately, Chicago has a long history of tragic fires, and the attempt at making high-rise buildings safer has a drawn-out history of its own. Almost 10 years ago, former Mayor Daley and the city council passed a high-rise fire safety ordinance, but there have been no...
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Residential Floors of John Hancock Center Not Protected With Fire Sprinklers

Fire sprinklers could have prevented a fire from spreading on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center. According to Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), this is one of those situations where you have an iconic Chicago high-rise building that you might think is up...
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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago City Council Must Encourage Congressional Delegation to Pass Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act to Benefit High-Rises

For the hundreds of high-rises in Chicago that have yet to comply with the city’s Life Safety Evaluation (LSE), help may be on the way from the federal government. Fire sprinklers are one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods to help buildings to pass the LSE and now they could be an even...
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Smoke Detectors & Sprinkler Systems: Protecting Lives and Property

An article in the July 2015 issue of The Chicagoland Cooperator dicusses the city of Chicago’s 2005 Life Safety Ordinance that requires all high-rises over 80 feet tall built before 1975 to be retrofitted with fire sprinkler systems. The article details buildings’ current compliance with the ordinance and features comments about the importance of...
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Fatal High-Rise Fire Occurred in Building That Passed Chicago’s Life Safety Evaluation

Late Saturday night, a 70-year-old man was killed in a fire at the unsprinklered, 21-story residential high-rise located at 300 South Damen in Chicago. The fire occurred while the man, who was using an oxygen tank, was in bed in his unit on the 11th floor of West Point Plaza. Other residents on the...
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Fire in John Hancock Center Condo Shows Stark Contrast in Fire Protection Between Residential and Commercial Occupancies

On the night of February 26, a fire occurred in an unsprinklered condo on the 87th floor of the John Hancock Center high-rise in Chicago. Chicago code does not require the condo units to have fire sprinklers even though the commercial occupancies within the same high-rise must be protected with fire sprinklers. “Fortunately, no...
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Fire in Chicago’s Erie on the Park High-Rise Contained by Fire Sprinkler System

On the night of February 23, a fire was contained to a single condo unit by a fire sprinkler system on the 14th floor of the Erie on the Park high-rise in Chicago. The information was obtained through an email sent to the residents by the property manager of the 24-story, 125-unit condo building...
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Recent Fires in Chicago High-Rises Draw Attention to City’s High-Rise Life Safety Evaluation Deadline

On the evening of December 20, a single fire sprinkler controlled a stove grease fire on the 23rd floor of the Adler Place residential high-rise on Chicago’s Near South Side. The condo owner failed to extinguish the fire, but the fire sprinkler quickly responded to prevent the fire from spreading. A very different result...
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Fire Sprinkler Prevents Significant Damage from Automobile Fire at Chicago High-Rise

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Early in the morning on May 8, the Chicago Fire Department reported that a fire sprinkler system in the Esplanade Apartments high-rise at 900 N. Lake Shore Drive activated to contain an automobile fire in a basement parking garage. Smoke was able to reach its way into the high-rise building above due to a...
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Site of Three Fires Since 2007, Chicago High-Rise Opts to Ban Smoking Instead of Installing Fire Sprinklers

Condo owners of the 42-story high-rise at 2626 North Lakeview Avenue in Chicago recently instituted the city’s first full smoking ban in a high-rise condominium building, effective since January 31. The motive for the ban comes from the unsprinklered high-rise’s recent fire history: a double-fatal fire in January 2007, a fire in October 2012,...
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Record-Low Fire Deaths In Chicago in 2013, But There’s More To Be Done

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At a recent Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications news conference, Chicago Fire Department officials cited Chicago’s record-low fire deaths in 2013. They noted that smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and other fire safety improvements, public education and advances in emergency medical service were key factors that minimized fire deaths. The Northern Illinois Fire...
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Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board Questions High-Rise Fire Safety Ten Years After Deadly Cook County Administration Building Fire

Ten years have passed since six people died in a high-rise fire that did not have fire sprinklers at the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington, October 17, 2003. The City has since established additional fire- and life-safety measures to prevent future tragedies in commercial high-rise buildings. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler...
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NIFSAB Concerned About Recent High-Rise Fire Sprinkler Misinformation

Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), is working to get the facts straight about retrofitting fire sprinklers in Chicago high-rise buildings built prior 1975, before fire sprinklers were required. That’s because there is a lot of misinformation about fire sprinkler costs and code compliance currently circulating among...
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Bill Introduced to Senate Could Benefit Chicago High-Rise Owners and Residents

U.S. Senators Carper and Collins introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2013.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) of 2013, legislation that strengthens tax incentives for building owners to retrofit their buildings with fire sprinklers that can save lives and countless dollars in property loss from fires. If passed, this legislation is good news for...
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Site of Fatal Fire in 2007, Chicago High-Rise Experiences Yet Another Fire, Seriously Injuring One Resident

On March 24, a 52-year-old man was seriously injured in a fire on the 16th floor of the 42-story residential high-rise building at 2626 North Lakeview Avenue. The high-rise is the site of two previous fires — a fatal fire in January 2007 that killed two residents and a fire in October 2012. The...
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Fatal Fire on Chicago’s South Side Proves That Thousands of Chicago High-Rise Residents Are Still Not Safe From Fires

The fatal fire on the morning of January 22, 2013, that killed two residents and injured one resident and one firefighter in the unsprinklered 16-story high-rise at 6730 South Shore Drive continues to call into question the effectiveness of the City of Chicago’s 2004 high-rise fire safety ordinance. In addition to not having fire...
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Fact Sheet: High-Rise Fire at Chicago Housing Authority Apartments on Nov. 21, 2012

On the morning of November 21, 2012, an extra-alarm fire occurred on the ninth floor of Patrick Sullivan Apartments, a Chicago Housing Authority high-rise building for senior citizens on the Near West Side at 1633 West Madison Street. Fire officials believe the fire began in bedding.  At least five people were injured in the...
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High-Rise Campaign Hits The Streets

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  In an effort to educate occupants and managers/owners of Chicago high-rises about fire safety and their buildings’ compliance with the City’s Life Safety Evaluation (LSE), the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) recently launched a high-rise fire safety education campaign. The campaign leads occupants and building managers/owners to NIFSAB’s www.HighRiseLifeSafety.com website to...
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January Fire Fatality Proves That Thousands of Chicago Residents Are Not Safe From High-Rise Fires

January Fire Fatality Proves That Thousands of Chicago Residents Are Not Safe From High-Rise Fires

According to the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), the high-rise fire that killed one resident and injured nine others including two firefighters on January 8, 2012, calls into question the effectiveness of the City of Chicago’s 2004 high-rise fire safety ordinance. It requires all residential high-rise buildings built prior to 1975 that...
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