Fire Chief Credits Sprinklers with Saving Lives

Renews Call for Mandatory Sprinklers

Joe DeStio
November 19, 2018 - 3:50 pm
Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones is renewing his call for sprinkler systems to be mandatory in all city high rise buildings more than 75 feet fall.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones is renewing his call for sprinkler systems to be mandatory in all city high rise buildings more than 75 feet fall. That equates to six to seven stories. Jones spoke outside Ebenezer Tower in the Hill District. That ten-story building was the site of an apartment fire Saturday evening that forced its evacuation and injured two people. None of the injuries was life threatening. Jones says Ebenezer Tower has a “partial sprinkler system” that protects the building’s halls.

“When the fire started to try to come out of the door (of a second story unit where it started), the sprinkler system activated … This allowed the other people on the second floor to use the hallway to escape,” said the chief.

Pittsburgh city council is to reconsider mandatory sprinkler legislation. Council failed to pass legislation this year supported by Jones that would have given building owners 12 years to install systems.

A public hearing on the legislation is scheduled for November 26 at 6 p.m. in city council chambers.