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Fire Sprinkler Discussions Arise After Green Bay-Area Apartment Fires

An article in the Green Bay Gazette brings to light two recent fires in older apartment buildings in the Green Bay area that caused firefighter injuries and left dozens of people without places to live. The buildings were not protected with fire sprinklers because fire sprinklers were not required at the times they were built.

The fire that occurred at the two-story, 74-unit Hilltop Place Apartments in Allouez on May 23 displaced more than 100 residents, many of which did not have renters’ insurance and were left with nothing. Damage estimates were over $3 million.

The fire on July 6 at the two-story, 24-unit Northern Pines Luxury Apartments in Howard displaced 50 residents with eight units being declared total losses and damage estimates over $650,000.

In this latest story, local fire officials voiced their support for more stringent fire sprinkler codes.

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The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association reminds fire and building officials that according to Wisconsin law effective since January 1, 2011, any new multifamily dwelling of three units and greater must be protected with an automatic fire sprinkler system. (See informative ad on right)

Towns such as Madison have gone one step further and created additional fire sprinkler requirements for existing multifamily dwellings that meet certain criteria when remodeling or making additions on to buildings.

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