Posts Tagged ‘ high-rise ’

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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Automobile Fire at Franklin Center High-Rise Suppressed by Fire Sprinkler System

Early morning on January 30, the Chicago Fire Department reported that a fire sprinkler system in the Franklin Center commercial high-rise at 227 W. Monroe suppressed a fire that was caused by an automobile in a lower level parking garage. “Too often we hear about the unsprinklered fires that cause major damage and injuries...
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Record-Low Fire Deaths In Chicago in 2013, But There’s More To Be Done

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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Successful Activations (Oct/Nov/Dec 2013 Edition)

Successful Activations (Oct/Nov/Dec 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   A Routine Miracle on 34th Street Macy’s (New York City) With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, a fire at the iconic Macy’s store on 34th Street at Herald Square in New York City would be devastating. The flagship store, with...
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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. 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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A Tale of Two Fires

Submitted by Terrence Simale, Fire Marshal, Schaumburg Fire Department This is a story of comparisons and contrasts of two similar fires that occurred in Schaumburg in 2012. The fires occurred in two different buildings that were similar in construction (Type I Fire Resistive) and layout. The central core contained the elevator shafts, and 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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Illinois Fire Service Recognizes Chicago Officials for Daley Center Fire Sprinkler Retrofit

On November 13, the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC), which is headed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as chairman and manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago, received the Excellence in Public Safety Award from the Illinois Fire Services Association (IFSA), an umbrella organization comprised of fire service organizations from across...
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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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Successful Activations (Summer 2012 Edition)

Successful Activations (Summer 2012 Edition)

  Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activation.   May 2012   Shannon Court Apartments Streamwood Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in a fourth-floor apartment unit extinguished a couch fire that was caused by a candle that was too close to the couch. No one...
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NFPA Report: High-Rise Fires Cause Quarter Billion Dollars of Property Damage Per Year

According to a new report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2005-2009 there were an average of 15,700 reported structure fires in high-rise buildings per year with an associated $235 million in direct property damage. The report, “High-Rise Building Fires,” cites apartments, hotels, offices and facilities that care for sick as...
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High-Rise Campaign Hits The Streets

  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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Successful Activations (Fall 2011 Edition)

Successful Activations (Fall 2011 Edition)

September 2011 Rockford Supportive Living (High-Rise) Rockford Fire Department Before fire sprinklers even arrived on scene, a fire sprinkler fully extinguished a fire in a second-floor apartment bathroom that was caused by a carelessly discard cigarette. “The only reason it was a small fire was because there was a sprinkler system,” said Fire Investigator...
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IAFC Supports Fire Sprinkler Retrofits in Existing High-Rises

In November 2010, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) – Fire and Life Safety Section passed a position statement titled “Fire Sprinkler Retrofit in Existing High-Rise Buildings.” IAFC’s position advocates for fire safety of condominium/apartment dwellers and business owners in high-rises, as well as responding firefighters. In Illinois, the NFPA Life Safety Code...
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