Sprinkler Systems Proposed for All High-Rise Buildings in Pittsburgh

Fire Chief Says Would Have Prevented Midtown Towers Death

Joe DeStio
September 25, 2018 - 1:58 pm
When a man died in a high rise apartment building fire last year it spurred Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones to push for new regulations he says could have prevented it.

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – When a woman died in a high rise apartment building fire last year it spurred Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones to push for new regulations he says could have prevented it. Jones has often said no one has ever died from a fire in a building with sprinklers.

The regulation now before city council would give owners 12 years to retrofit older buildings over 75 feet or about six stories high with sprinklers.

“If Midtown Towers had sprinklers, it would have been a non-event,” said Jones. “The only problem would have been possibly some wet furniture and a wet floor. No one would have died. None of my firefighters would have been at risk.”

The chief has been talking to the Building Owners and Managers Association of Pittsburgh and says he has their support. “I believe they’re going to find their investment to be well worth it,” said Jones.

The regulation would bring Pittsburgh in line with the Pennsylvania fire code. All new buildings in the city have been required to have a sprinkler system since 1990.

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