Fire sends River North condo resident...

Fire sends River North condo residents fleeing

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 20, 2008, titled Fire sends River North condo residents fleeing. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The blaze broke out about 4:30 a.m. at a 40-story condominium tower in the 300 block of North LaSalle Street in the River North area.

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rob

Gardner, IL

#2 May 20, 2008
This is why we need to enforce stricker laws about fire saftey. Older high rises need emergency address systems and sprinklers installed. This was an orderly evacution, other buildings that don't have these systems would have not been this successfull. Daley needs to mandate these requirements before a dissaster happens. He knows it but just does not want to upset the apple cart......but if their is a fire in an older high rise and people die, I hope Daley can sleep at night knowing he could have done something......
Christy

Clarendon Hills, IL

#3 May 20, 2008
Is this the same building that has over half of its units in foreclosure due to the special assessment that was recently levied?
Barney

Chicago, IL

#5 May 20, 2008
rob wrote:
This is why we need to enforce stricker laws about fire saftey. Older high rises need emergency address systems and sprinklers installed. This was an orderly evacution, other buildings that don't have these systems would have not been this successfull. Daley needs to mandate these requirements before a dissaster happens. He knows it but just does not want to upset the apple cart......but if their is a fire in an older high rise and people die, I hope Daley can sleep at night knowing he could have done something......
Yep, you're right. Daley NEVER wants to upset the apple cart. Are you kidding me?
rob

Gardner, IL

#6 May 20, 2008
Barney wrote:
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Yep, you're right. Daley NEVER wants to upset the apple cart. Are you kidding me?
What I mean is when he is not interested or when it won't get him anything he won't get voters that live in these high rises upset because it will cost them $$$$$$. He places his agression on things that will benefit him and his clan.
oskee

Hoffman Estates, IL

#7 May 20, 2008
I love how everything is somehow Daley's fault.
The Future Is Now

Chicago, IL

#8 May 20, 2008
rob wrote:
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What I mean is when he is not interested or when it won't get him anything he won't get voters that live in these high rises upset because it will cost them $$$$$$. He places his agression on things that will benefit him and his clan.
You have no idea what you're saying. Chicago has some of the most stringent commercial and multi-unit residential fire safety regulations in the U.S., perhaps in the world. It has nothing to do with Daley. Chicago's status as a leader in fire safety building codes pre-dates Daley.

Although tragedies will occasionally happen, such as at the Cook County Building, Chicago deserves kudos on this subject.
rob

Gardner, IL

#9 May 20, 2008
oskee wrote:
I love how everything is somehow Daley's fault.
Life saftey issues are his concern and he has the power to mandate requirements and push them through.....he is stearing the ship...
brian

Aurora, IL

#10 May 20, 2008
oskee wrote:
I love how everything is somehow Daley's fault.
I think it was actually Blagojevich's fault. "Top Cop" is also to blame.
Come to think of it, I think Obama and Clinton are also at fault.
Good thing no one duct taped the doors shut in this building.
brett

United States

#11 May 20, 2008
my friend harris E broke his ankle in this furious blaze, this is no joke people, they call him the twigman
iceman

Aurora, IL

#12 May 20, 2008
my friend the "H MAN" aka birdman cometh, twiggy, uncy h, saved 46 lives in this furious fire. He at one point, jumped out of the 45th floor caught a dog that was falling and somehow miracuously managed to land in the swimming pool unscathed. Some might say hero, i say normal day in the life of Irenes son!
rob

Gardner, IL

#13 May 20, 2008
The Future Is Now wrote:
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You have no idea what you're saying. Chicago has some of the most stringent commercial and multi-unit residential fire safety regulations in the U.S., perhaps in the world. It has nothing to do with Daley. Chicago's status as a leader in fire safety building codes pre-dates Daley.
Although tragedies will occasionally happen, such as at the Cook County Building, Chicago deserves kudos on this subject.
Wrong pal,

Sprinklers etc. should be required...does that make it right that we should not follow the lead and require these items. Does it take a disaster to make it happen? We all know what the solution is...why dont they push it through? Because it requires money from peolpe and Daley has other things in mind.....
gop is evil

Chicago, IL

#14 May 20, 2008
brian wrote:
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I think it was actually Blagojevich's fault. "Top Cop" is also to blame.
Come to think of it, I think Obama and Clinton are also at fault.
Good thing no one duct taped the doors shut in this building.
c'mon now, be serious, everyone knows this is George W Hitler Bush's Fault
blackjack

Chicago, IL

#15 May 20, 2008
hmm . . . maybe the CTA can take lessons from the security personal at the condo on how to evacuate people properly from an emergency

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#16 May 20, 2008
oskee wrote:
I love how everything is somehow Daley's fault.
He'll just turn around and blame Wal-Mart.
brett

United States

#17 May 20, 2008
you all miss the point, do an internet search for scuzzlebutt and ull find a man by the name of g to the e to the rald, E, nice, wait for it, anti funbags irene
George

United States

#18 May 20, 2008
Chicago passed strict fire safety codes for commercial (i.e. office space) high rises a few years ago requiring all to retrofit sprinklers and fire alarms, regardless of how old the building is. It's one of the strictest in the country. There is no such requirement for residential high rises, and there should not be. People have a great deal of choice as to where they live. If they want a building with modern sprinklers, they can move to one that has them. Or move to a three story building that does not need them. But to require all residential high rises to retrofit would be way too expensive and would drive all the residents out because of high special assessments. The market should drive residential high rise amenites, not the City.
Erica

Chicago, IL

#19 May 20, 2008
I got so scared about my little naked Jason hobbling down 46 floors that I almost forgot to tell LJK to give my cans their normal motorboating.
MTD

Chicago, IL

#20 May 20, 2008
I almost lived in The Sterling. That means all the residents in the building almost saw my modest glory flopping around in a tightly knit bulge.
To think, people would've slipped on the puss oozing from my back(ne).
rob

Gardner, IL

#21 May 20, 2008
George wrote:
Chicago passed strict fire safety codes for commercial (i.e. office space) high rises a few years ago requiring all to retrofit sprinklers and fire alarms, regardless of how old the building is. It's one of the strictest in the country. There is no such requirement for residential high rises, and there should not be. People have a great deal of choice as to where they live. If they want a building with modern sprinklers, they can move to one that has them. Or move to a three story building that does not need them. But to require all residential high rises to retrofit would be way too expensive and would drive all the residents out because of high special assessments. The market should drive residential high rise amenites, not the City.
With this attitude then the fire department should not risk thier lives trying to fight a fire that is out of control because sprinklers where not install to help control the situation. I would also bet many people would not buy in high rises without life safety systems if they really understood the risk they take by living in them. That's why the city should have control over what should be required for the safety of people who are ignorate. I take it you live in a high rise without sprinklers.....What about the engineering requirement regarding tucking that many high rises are up against that the city mandated.... That's costing alot of money from high rise dwellers.....
Observer

United States

#22 May 20, 2008
"What about the engineering requirement regarding tucking that many high rises are up against that the city mandated.... That's costing a lot of money from high rise dwellers....."

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