Fire Prevention and Protection: Sprinklers Still Lacking Years After Fatal MS Fraternity House Fire

Eight years after an early morning fire at University of Mississippi fraternity house killed three students, campus residences have yet to be fully equipped with fire sprinklers.

The Daily Journal ( reports that this is despite a 2005 law that requires all sorority and fraternity houses on state property to be equipped with approved fire alarms and smoke detector systems. The law also requires sprinkler systems in all such houses built after the bill’s passage.

A spokesman for the state college board last week told a reporter that in the wake of the Ole Miss fire, the board required all residence halls–dorms, married student apartments, Greek houses, etc.–to be sprinklered, whether the fire codes required it or not. All residence halls met then-current code requirements at the time of their construction.

The board’s 2013 report to the legislature, however, shows residential facilities at six of the state’s eight public universities have not yet completed the sprinkler updates. At Ole Miss, seven of 14 private fraternity houses still lack sprinklers compared with systems at all sorority houses and public residence halls.

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For more on campus fire safety, consider OPEN LETTER TO AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: PROMOTING FIRE SAFETY ON CAMPUSES, NFPA advocates fire safety education for college students, and SETON HALL: FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH.

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