How to check Chicago residential high-rises for safety

Lakeview apartment building where Shantel McCoy died in a fire

Lakeview apartment building where Shantel McCoy died in a fire

The statuses of Life Safety Evaluations of over 600 residential buildings in Chicago are now online at the City of Chicago Data Portal. According to the Chicago Tribune, “The city’s decision to post the reports online comes after the Tribune detailed in a front-page story how hundreds of residential high-rise buildings did not have acceptable fire safety plans years after a city ordinance was passed requiring them.”

The Tribune also reported that, “City officials began pressing harder on bringing the buildings into compliance after Shantel McCoy, 32, died in a Jan. 8 fire inside her Lakeview high-rise when a building elevator took her to 1,500-degree heat on the 12th floor where she lived.”

Chicago’s Life Safety & High-rise Ordinance is intended to better protect the lives of residents in pre-1975 built high-rises. High-rises built in 1975 or later are required to have sprinkler systems.

For the full Tribune article read “Hundreds of residential high-rises in Chicago fail fire safety standards“.


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