January 16, 2007 -- As Huntington firefighters cope with all they've been through...firefighters in other cities are working to try and prevent that kind of fire from happening. Charleston firefighters say that it could happen anywhere...so inspectors say they work to make people more pro-active.
For anyone who lives in apartments or has loved ones in apartments, there are things they should keep in mind. People shouldn't just look at the location and appearance of an apartment when they're looking to move -- they should also ask about fire safety equipment.
John Bishop not only runs the Edgewater apartments -- he also lives here. So he meets plenty of people who are interested in renting...and fire safety is not usually on their list.
Fire inspector Ken Tyree says when inspectors come through any apartment building they're looking to see what it's made from, plus fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems, emergency lighting and exit signs.
Tyree says fires like this one in Huntington could happen anywhere, if landlords don't take the appropriate precautions.
John Bishop says the Edgewater apartments do -- and if something happens he's the first to make sure everyone gets out. He says often people don't leave because they think it's a false alarm.
Tyree says high rises over 75 feet high are required to have a sprinkler system. They also have to have windows that open so people can escape or so firefighters can get in. Following all the fire safety requirements not just helps tenants but can also keep firefighters safe.