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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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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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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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Illinois State Fire Marshal Withdraws Proposed Rules Containing Fire Sprinkler Requirements

On August 2nd, Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis issued a statement regarding the June 28th proposal of the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) to update Illinois’ fire safety code for the first time in more than a decade. The proposed rule to update the current 2000 edition of NFPA 101: Life...
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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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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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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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