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Minnesota senators introduce bill to fund sprinkler systems in public housing

Minnesota senators introduce bill to fund sprinkler systems in public housing Photo: KSTP

Updated: December 19, 2019 10:52 PM

A deadly Minneapolis high rise fire has local congressional delegates pushing to improve safety.

Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced on Wednesday they were cosponsoring the Public Housing Fire Safety Act. The bill would create a grant program to help pay for sprinkler systems in public housing without them.

After taking the time to listen to Minnesotans, advocates and community members, this bill gets right to the root of what we need to do: incentivize public housing authorities that want to be able to install sprinkler systems," Smith said.

Last month's fire in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood killed five people and injured several others. Cedar High Apartments, the 25-story building that caught fire, was built in 1970 and is not required to have a sprinkler system.

The senators said almost all high-rise public housing buildings in the Twin Cities were built before mandatory sprinkler system laws took effect.

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