Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB). “Under the city’s current code, if the same building where the fire occurred were built today, it would not be required to be protected with fire sprinklers. That’s unthinkable” “Had fire sprinklers been present in this fire, they likely would have prevented the injuries and death, providing safe routes of escape so no residents would have had to jump from their units.” Over 105 neighboring communities to Chicago have adopted national model codes that protect multifamily buildings, yet Chicago has no such requirements. “It is clear that Chicago’s suburban communities have embraced a higher level of fire safety in multifamily buildings that is recommended by national codes,” notes Lia. “We hope that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city council will take a closer look at adopting the current model codes that include fire sprinkler protection in multifamily occupancies to protect the future of Chicago.” “Our prayers go out to the young victim, his family, and all others who were injured in the fire,” he adds.  ]]>