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Minnesota Senators Push for Sprinklers in State’s Public Housing High-Rises

Efforts come from 2019 fatal 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)

 

HighRiseOps Staff

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Minnesota’s U.S. Senators joined state legislators to require fire sprinklers in public housing high-rise buildings.

FOX9 reports that Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar are working to get the federal government involved.

The push for high-rise sprinklers started in 2019 when a Cedar-Riverside high-rise fire took five lives. The State Fire Marshal ruled a lack of sprinklers contributed to their deaths.

Smith and Klobuchar reintroduced their public housing fire safety act, setting aside $25 million in competitive grants for public housing authorities to install sprinklers in multi-family buildings.

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