Fire officials call for sprinklers in NY townhomes

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Firefighters delivered nearly 2,000 letters to the State Department on Monday to call for safer building standards for townhomes under construction in the state.

Fire officials said codes approved in August put those living in townhouses and firefighters who respond in an emergency in danger.

Officials want sprinklers to be required in the buildings. They said homes burn about eight times faster than they used to because of the construction materials and items inside them.

“Sprinklers would allow the public time to exit a fire, and it would allow the fire department time to get there to extinguish it,” NY Association of Fire Chiefs Exec. Dir. Jerry Deluca said.

The chief said it would also save townhouse builders money. They could install the sprinklers instead of putting fire walls between each house.

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