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University Spends Millions on Fire Safety, No Sprinklers in Castle Building
The Hoot, Brandeis University, September 23, 2010
Although the Schwartz Hall building in the Castle Residence Quad does not have fire sprinklers, the university has taken on extra efforts to install sprinklers in many buildings during the past 10 years, according to Waltham Fire Department Chief Richard Cardillo. Read More>>


Firefighters return to station kitchen fire
By David MacDougall,
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
"Kitchen fires are the most common cause of fires," Sancic said. "And firefighters are no different from anyone else. They have to turn off the stove when they leave. A sprinkler could have abated some of the damage," Sancic said.
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After Trace School Fire, State Officials Promise Tougher Laws on Fire Safety
By David MacDougall,
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Two months after a raging arson fire burned down the heart of a San Jose elementary school, a cadre of state lawmakers descended on the city Thursday, promising tougher laws on fire safety in school buildings.

During a community meeting, state Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, pledged to address a loophole in state law that allowed the San Jose Unified School District to skip installing automatic fire sprinklers and alarms in many remodeling projects, including the building that burned on July 5 at Trace Elementary School.

"There would have been a lot less damage if an automatic alarm would have been in place," Alquist said. "It is not my intent to place blame, it is my intent to gather information so that doesn't happen in the future."