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Honolulu City Council Hosts Public Meeting on Fire Safety in Buildings

Honolulu City Council Hosts Public Meeting on Fire Safety in Buildings KHON2.com (Hawaii) (09/12/17)

Members of the Honolulu City Council last week held a meeting to hear from citizens about a proposal to require older high-rise buildings to install fire sprinkler systems. The meeting took place in the wake of a July fire that killed three people in the Marco Polo condominium building, which did not have a sprinkler system. The meeting was requested by council members Carol Fukunaga, Ann Kobayashi, Joey Manahan, and Trevor Ozawa to discuss fire safety in buildings following the tragic fire, specifically such topics as: current fire safety regulations, fire prevention strategies, fire insurance plans and policies, and city rehabilitation loans and other programs available to assist building owners and operators. The Honolulu Fire Department estimates there are 358 residential high-rises, as well as hundreds of other residential structures over 75 feet tall citywide, that do not have fire sprinkler systems.