Texas Scrutinizes State Fire Code Exemptions

Following a deadly fire at the Wedgwood senior living apartments in San Antonion, City leaders announced they will be scrutinizing an existing exemption for fire sprinkler systems in older buildings. Though the city adopted a new code requiring sprinkler systems in new buildings, Wedgwood and other buildings were grandfathered in and therefore exempt. The City manager has announced the reevaluation of the codes and Mayor Tim Howell has suggested they go above code if necessary. Sprinkler systems can subdue fires before they rage out of control, giving residents more time to escape. The fire at Wedgwood claimed the lives of six seniors and hospitalized dozens more, and many seniors were left unaccounted for as they fled the burning building.