Efforts come from 2019 fatal fire
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.