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Rising from the ashes, new home becomes first in community with fire sprinklers

By Fred Durso, Jr. On May 5, 2014, a fire in a single-family home in Riverdale, Illinois, led to the unfortunate death of Dedra Matthews, who lived in the community for 12 years. The fire was less than a block from the firehouse. That same year, Riverdale officials adopted a sprinkler ordinance in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. Fire Chief Robert Scharnhorst proposed the code upgrade to Mayor Lawrence Jackson. Following Jackson’s recommendation to Riverdale’s Village Board, the ordinance passed unanimously. Rebuilt to code, the house that suffered the fatal fire includes sprinkler…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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