No sprinklers installed in apartment building set ablaze

No sprinklers installed in apartment building set ablaze

If you were in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, you couldn't miss the eighth-floor fire at the Financial Building on Prospect Avenue. It took center stage, even during the Cleveland Indians' game. 

It took 80 firefighters to get the blaze under control on the top floor of the building. A total of 55 people were evacuated from 42 units. Two days later, most residents are still out as cleanup continues. 

William Mangelluzzi, with All Disaster Services, is in charge of repairing the water damage.

"We have one electrical contractor here now ringing out the system to make sure each of the units is safe, because there is a lot of water that came through," said Mangelluzzi.

The entire building was grandfathered in under current law and is not required to have a sprinkler system.

"Not all structures in the city of Cleveland are equipped with sprinkler systems. A structure in the city is only required to be outfitted with a sprinkler system if certain criteria are met as required by Chapter 34 of the Ohio Building Code. Permission to occupy is not granted without compliance with the safety and health provisions of the OBC and OFC," said Daniel Ball, assistant director of media relations for the office of Mayor Frank Jackson

City Tap on the ground floor is back open after closing briefly on Saturday. It did not suffer any major damage, since the fire was on the top floor of the building. 

Mangelluzzi praises the city on how quickly it contained the fire and how it is handling cleanup. 

"It's been tremendous. The city of Cleveland has been very beneficial with working with us, getting this thing moved along on an emergency basis," said Mangelluzzi.
A walk-through of the building will take place on Tuesday, with hopes to allow residents to move back in later this week.

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