Columbia, MO -- Two fraternities at the University of Missouri-Columbia have gotten an extension to continue housing students without the required fire sprinklers.
Kappa Alpha Order and Delta Tau Delta have fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, but no fire sprinklers. This is in violation of the 2009 ordinance. This ordinance was approved by the Columbia City Council after a fire in 1999 killed Dominic Passantino. His mother went to the City Council in 2008 and explained how her son's life could have been saved by fire sprinklers.
Last year, the Council allowed six fraternities to continue housing students as long as they installed fire sprinklerd by June 1. The two fraternities that have not met their new deadline extended it to June 1, 2019. If they don't meet that deadline, they will get fees and could lose their housing permit.
Breck Anderson, president of Delta Tau Delta's housing corporation said that they are waiting to install fire sprinklers because they are getting a new house build. Construction is planned for May 2018.
"It didn't make any sense to install the system and then tear down the house within a couple of years," Anderson stated.
Jesse Lyons, assistant executive director for advancement at Kappa Alpha Order's national governing organization said that they intend to meet the deadline. "The extension was requested to give the corporation additional time to organize resources to comply with the new codes. Our chapter housing corporation fully intends to meet the agreement in the extension deadline."
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