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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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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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Retrofitted Fire Sprinkler System Saves Cook County Residential High-Rise in Evanston

Retrofitted Fire Sprinkler System Saves Cook County Residential High-Rise in Evanston

On March 12, 2016, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in an apartment unit on the top floor of the Housing Authority of Cook County’s Perlman Apartments high-rise in Evanston. The tenant, who is wheelchair-bound, and her daughter were both asleep at the time of the fire. An estimated $200,000 was saved...
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Video: Fire Sprinklers Save Lives in High-Rises

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Have you ever stopped to think about how safe a residential high-rise building would be in the event of a fire? If it doesn’t include fire sprinklers, the answer is simple: it’s not safe enough. Residents of high-rises without fire sprinkler systems are much more likely to die in a fire, and those fortunate...
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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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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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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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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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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 Sprinklers Avert Fire in Chicago’s Historic University Club High-Rise Building

On October 15, a fire in the historic University Club high-rise building in the Chicago Loop neighborhood was controlled by the building’s fire sprinkler system before fire crews arrived on scene. Two fire sprinklers prevented the fire from spreading beyond its area of origin in a second-floor meeting room. “Thanks to the quick response...
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Successful Activations (April-August 2014 Edition)

Successful Activations (April-August 2014 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   June 2014   Grimm Metal Fabricators Lombard Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the building controlled an early morning fire in the rear portion of the warehouse. No one was in the building at the time. Damage...
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Fire Sprinklers Prove Their Lifesaving Value in Chicago Area High-Rise Fires

A single fire sprinkler prevented major damage from a fire in a Hinsdale high-rise building.

On Wednesday, May 7, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in the Spinning Wheel Apartments high-rise building in Hinsdale. The fire occurred on the sixth floor of the 17-story building when a frying pan was left on the stove while the stove was left in the “on” position. According to Tim McElroy,...
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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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Successful Activations (Jan/Feb/March 2014 Edition)

Successful Activations (Jan/Feb/March 2014 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   February 2014   Northside College Prep High School Chicago Fire Department Fire sprinklers extinguished a fiery explosion in a cooking class in the high school, according to Chicago Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. The fire occurred when...
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