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Gap in law leaves many LA residential high-rises without sprinkler systems (Poll)




L,A. City Fire Inspector Molina  points out older high-rise buildings without fire sprinklers to KPCC's Karen Foshay at Wilshire Blvd. and Selby Ave.
L,A. City Fire Inspector Molina points out older high-rise buildings without fire sprinklers to KPCC's Karen Foshay at Wilshire Blvd. and Selby Ave.
Frank Stoltze/ KPCC
L,A. City Fire Inspector Molina  points out older high-rise buildings without fire sprinklers to KPCC's Karen Foshay at Wilshire Blvd. and Selby Ave.
Older high rise residential buildings in Los Angeles like Barrington Plaza in West L.A. are not required to have sprinkler systems.
Frank Stoltze/ KPCC
L,A. City Fire Inspector Molina  points out older high-rise buildings without fire sprinklers to KPCC's Karen Foshay at Wilshire Blvd. and Selby Ave.
Some high-rise residential buildings in L.A. have fire hoses on each floor. But pre-1974 buildings are not required to have sprinkler systems.
Frank Stoltze/ KPCC


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A fire in a high-rise apartment building in Los Angeles last fall has brought renewed attention to an old problem: dozens of high rise apartments and condos in the city don't have sprinklers.

As KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports, they don't have to, and that has fire officials worried that a deadly disaster is inevitable.  

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This story was co-reported with KPCC investigative producer, Karen Foshay.