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Push for Sprinklers Continues with Anniversary of Minneapolis High-Rise Fire

Five dead in Cedar High Apartment fire

 

Minneapolis firefighters leave after a deadly fire at a high-rise apartment building, in background, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Minneapolis. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

 

ast November a fire broke out on the 14th floor of the Cedar High Apartments located at 630 Cedar Ave. South.

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There was partial fire sprinkler protection in the building, but it was limited to the basement area and some common areas on the first floor.

The State Fire Marshal Division said in the report that all high-rise buildings should be protected with the fire sprinkler systems and that had the Cedar High Apartments been protected with fire sprinklers, “no loss of life would have occurred.”

Representative Mohamud Noor (DFL- District 60B) said he plans to re-introduce legislation to require automatic sprinkler systems in all existing high-rise buildings in the upcoming session.

“In the year since, it has been my priority to ensure health and safety for all high-rise buildings,” he wrote. “The recently released report by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) highlights that need: ‘It is the SFMD’s position that all high-rise buildings should be protected with fire sprinkler systems. Had this building been protected with fire sprinklers, it is the opinion of the SFMD that no loss of life would have occurred.’”

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