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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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Successful Activations (Spring 2017 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   March 2017   The Foundry Aurora Fire Department A single fire sprinkler in the restaurant/bar fully extinguished a fire on the cooking surface in the kitchen. There was only an estimated $10,000 in damage and no injuries were...
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Fire Sprinkler Saves Evanston High-Rise Residents, Yet Again, in 2016

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On December 20, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire after a stovetop burner was left on and ignited nearby boxes of food in a residence at The Mather, a 10-story senior living facility in Evanston. According to fire officials, no one was injured and over $150,000 in damage was prevented thanks to the...
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Oakland Fire is Reminder for Chicago to Enforce Sprinkler Codes

Oakland Fire is Reminder for Chicago to Enforce Sprinkler Codes

The Oakland Ghost Ship Fire with 36 fire deaths shows us what can happen when fire codes are not followed. Unfortunately, Chicago has a long list of historic multi-fatality fires that resulted in code changes. Here are just a few: Iroquois Theatre fire (602 deaths), La Salle Hotel fire (58 deaths) Our Lady of...
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Successful Activations (Fall/Winter 2016 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   December 2016   The Mather (High-Rise) Evanston Fire Department A single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire after a stovetop burner was left on and ignited nearby boxes of food in a residence the 10-story senior living facility. According...
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Fire Sprinklers Prevent Major Fire at Lawson House YMCA Residential High-Rise

On November 18, fire sprinklers controlled and extinguished a fire in a trash compactor room at the Lawson House YMCA at 30 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The 24-story residential high-rise, which was built in 1934, is the largest single-room occupancy supportive housing facility in the Midwest with nearly 600 apartment...
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Successful Activations (Summer 2016 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   September 2016   Extended Stay America Gurnee Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the hotel extinguished a trash can fire in a third-floor room. A small dog was found safe and no person was present in 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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Successful Activations (Spring 2016 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   May 2016   Townhome Fox Lake Fire Protection District A fire sprinkler controlled a fire in the garage of a four-unit townhome, allowing the residents to escape unharmed by preventing the fire from spreading to inside the residence...
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Successful Activations (Fall/Winter 2015 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   October 2015   The Buckingham High-Rise Chicago Fire Department One fire sprinkler controlled a kitchen fire in a unit of the 22-story, off-campus high-rise for students. Unnamed source   Kroger Bloomington Fire Department The fire sprinkler system put...
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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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Chicago Apartment Fire Affects Soon-to-Be-Married Couple, Resident Fighting Cancer

On July 24, 2015, a fire occurred at the apartment building at 128 North Campbell in Chicago. It was yet another case of a building that was not protected with fire sprinklers. But what is worse is the story of those affected by the fire. Media was quick to jump on the story of...
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Successful Activations (Spring/Summer 2015 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   August 2015   Stevenson Hall (Eastern Illinois University) Charleston Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the dormitory quickly doused a fire that began due to the unattended burning of incense in a closet in a fifth-floor room....
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Fire Sprinkler System Prevents Significant Damage in Northwest Rockford Apartment Fire

On the afternoon of July 23, 2015, an electrical fire that ignited a mattress in a single apartment unit at Riverside Apartments in northwest Rockford was quickly controlled by the building’s fire sprinkler system. Fire officials say the quick response of the fire sprinkler system prevented major damage and any injuries or fatalities. “The...
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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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Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition Regroups, Hosts Summit at NFPA Conference & Expo

Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition Regroups, Hosts Summit at NFPA Conference & Expo

In 2013, former National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) Regional Manager Bob Kleinheinz and Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) Executive Director Tom Lia joined together with Bob Tinucci, then-chief of the Roselle Fire Department, to establish the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition (IFSC). The group expanded the informal work that previously was being done...
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Chicago Firefighter Doubles as Homebuilder Who Embraces Fire Sprinklers

Sprinkler contractor Greg Lay (left) points out the fire sprinklers in the basement of the Fitzpatricks' new home as it is under construction.

One might expect to find Chicago Firefighter Kevin Fitzpatrick fighting fires on the roofs of residences, but he’s also been seen installing fire-treated plywood on the roofs of new homes. As owner of Wilmot Builders, Fitzpatrick recently assisted with the build of a new, sprinkler-protected home for his parents, John and Lynn Fitzpatrick, in...
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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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Sprinklers Could Have Prevented Death & Injuries in Eight-Story Senior Living Center

On the night of December 11, a fire killed a 51-year-old, wheelchair-bound male and injured two females in an eight-story senior living building at 737 East 69th Street in Chicago. “Fire deaths can occur in residential buildings on any floor, not just those higher than eight stories or above the reach of the highest...
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Northwest Side Apartment Fire Fatality Provides Glaring Evidence of Deficiency in Chicago’s Multifamily Building Codes

On Sunday, November 9, a fire killed a 10-year-old boy and injured 11 other individuals as it ripped through a four-story apartment building at 5727 North Kimball Avenue in the northwest side neighborhood of Hollywood Park in Chicago. Although smoke alarms alerted residents, no fire sprinklers were present in the building to allow safe...
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