Omaha Councilman Says City Code Flaws Exposed After Deadly Fire

January 8, 2015

An Omaha city councilman says a boardinghouse fire that killed two people has exposed flaws in the Nebraska city’s codes.

City building inspection and fire officials have been meeting to discuss possible changes in light of the Dec. 23 blaze. The fire cause is still being investigated.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Councilman Chris Jerram says conditions found by firefighters at the 22-room boardinghouse have raised several concerns.

Among them is the city’s lack of a way to ensure that such residences have working smoke detectors. The Omaha Fire Department says smoke detectors at the boardinghouse were not working. And Jerram says the boardinghouse didn’t have to have a fire exit in the basement, although newer boardinghouses must have them.

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