CHICAGO—A Saturday night fire that killed a 70-year-old man at a 21-story residential high-rise located at 300 S. Damen Ave. in Chicago shows that the city’s new requirement that high-rises pass a special safety evaluation is still not sufficient if buildings do not have fire sprinklers, according to the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, a nonprofit group that advocates for fire safety equipment. The fire occurred while the man, who was using an oxygen tank, was in bed in his unit on the 11th floor of West Point Plaza. Other residents on the floor were displaced.

As reported in, the city’s fire safety ordinance now requires all residential high-rise buildings built prior to 1975 that do not have fire sprinklers to pass a City of Chicago Life Safety Evaluation, and allows buildings to pass with other safety measures. According to the city’s Data Portal website, the high-rise building passed the evaluation. Officials with the advisory board say the owners of 300 S. Damen did so without installing fire sprinklers.

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