Local firefighters explain fire safety codes for high rise buildings

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. ( WTAP) - Just two days ago a fire ripped through a 24 story apartment in London, killing over 30 people.

Now the city of Parkersburg only has two high rise apartment buildings, Market Manor and Parkland Place.

Chief Matthews says any building higher than 40 feet has to have a sprinkler system in place.

They also should have non-combustible or fire resistant material which stops the heat from spreading too quickly.

The National Fire Protection also requires stand pipes so the fire fighters on scene could easily access them.

The problem with any high rise building is that the fire truck ladder typically doesn't reach higher than 100 feet.

Parkersburg Fire Chief says, "What happens a lot of times with fire codes and life safety codes, a tragic event happens. The codes update and change because of that event. With us here at Parkersburg and the state we've adopted the 2015 National Fire Protection Agency Codes and those require sprinklers."

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