Chicago Building Committee defers high-rise ordinance

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Monday, November 1, 2004

ORLAND PARK, Ill.- The Chicago Building Committee has postponed a vote for 30 days on an ordinance that would require fire sprinklers in high-rise buildings.

The discussion of sprinklers for high-rise buildings has been in the forefront in the community since last year. In October 2003, six people perished at the Cook County administration building in Chicago that was not equipped with sprinklers.

The move to defer the vote drew criticism from the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Board, in September.

“This has been an ongoing effort for years,” according to Tom Lia, executive director of the advisory board. Lia said the association has called for sprinkler regulations in high-rises at least four times.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Alderman Edward Burke both introduced separate sprinkler ordinances after the Cook County fire last year.