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SA Fire Chief To Propose High Rise Sprinkler Ordinance

Eileen Pace
Five people died during a fire at the Wedgewood Senior Living Center high rise in December 2014.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood is recommending the city adopt an ordinance for retrofitting high-rise fire sprinklers.  He’ll brief a city council committee on details this morning.

The recommendation follows a heightened concern after five people died in a fire at the Wedgwood Senior Living apartments in Castle Hills last December.  The 11-story complex did not have sprinklers.

Shortly after the tragedy fire officials identified nine residential high-rises in San Antonio that lacked sprinklers.  Five of them have a large number of elderly residents.

Fire officials have said that if the Wedgewood had been equipped with sprinklers there would probably have been fewer casualties.