EVERETT, Wash. - Everett fire authorities say apartment complexes in the city are making headway on installing mandatory fire alarms.
The city found that 17 apartment complexes, including one where a man died in a fire two years ago, did not have fire alarms.
On New Year’s Eve in 2015, a 65-year-old man died in a fire at The Bluffs apartment complex.
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The complex was later found to not have any fire alarms.
A year ago, KIRO 7 reported that Everett fire and city officials cracked down on violators and found 17 complexes that didn't have lifesaving fire alarms.
According to our partners at The Everett Herald, that number is now 14, with all of them either in the process of getting permits or working on installing them.
Fire authorities in Everett say most of the complexes without alarms were built before fire codes were set. Now, equipping the buildings with alarms can cost upward of $10,000 to install, leading to a delay.
The inspections in Everett inspired the same to happen in South Snohomish County -- 17 complexes in Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace were found to have the same problem.
Those complexes are also working on coming up to code.
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