1 killed after jumping off balcony during massive fire in Rolling Meadows

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ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill - One person was killed when a fire broke out at an apartment complex in the northwest suburbs.

Fire officials say an extra alarm fire broke out at a three-story apartment building at 5201 Carriage Way Dr in Rolling Meadows around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Over 20 fire departments responded.

Officials say one person jumped from a third floor balcony and was pronounced dead at the hospital. No one else was injured.

The complex contained over 50 units and was not equipped with a sprinkler system, officials said.  About 50 other people have been displaced.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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  • Fire Sprinkler

    Fire sprinklers saves lives.
    This statement is undisputed. I would. never ever move into any multi story, multi family apartment, town home, co-op or condominium building without fire sprinkler protection present period.
    A reasonable statement would be if the above property have had a working fire sprinkler system installed the loss of property damage would have most likely been kept to a minimum and quite frankly possibly the person who jumped off the balcony to escape the fire may not have had needed to have jumped.
    Hopefully Chicago as well as the other municipalities will go forward with a date mandating all prexisting multi story properties with no Fire Sprinkler Systems built prior to the fire sprinkler code(s) to have those building converted to have fire sprinkler protection.
    Regardless of cost and political back lash. One can only hope the governing municipalities and insurance companies underwriting those buildings will compel the property owners to have fire sprinklers installed where none are present.
    You cannot put a dollar price on the needless loss of human life.