Bill in the Works for Tougher Inspection of Vacant Warehouses

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On April 9, 2012, two firefighters were killed when they were fighting a five-alarm fire that broke out in an abandoned six-story hosiery warehouse in a Philadelphia suburb.  The fire took over more than half of a city block and killed Lt. Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney of the Fire Department's Ladder 10 station.

Denny O'Brien, City Councilman for Philadelphia, is introducing a bill to amend the Fire Code and establish new requirements for inventorying, inspecting, evaluating, and marking abandoned and vacant building with placards, according to fireengineering.com.

O'Brien says, "This [bill] stabilizes communities that are at risk, psychologically and from an infrastructure standpoint.  This will protect firefighters and first alarmers."