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How would passing an ordinance for new construction helped the existing homes in this town????

George--a new sprinkler ordinance would have likely prevented these types of tragedies from occurring in the future. I believe the point Tom is trying to make is that these unfortunate incidents are likely to continue following the board's decision.

Considering our litigious society, I am wondering if the first person/s to die in a new home built under the code where the jurisdiction excluded the fire sprinkler requirement, their survivors find an attorney willing to sue. Then the State, County, home builder, local homebuilders association, national home builders association have to start defending against lawsuits. Could it be a class action law suit of all who died in a new home that the state or jurisdiction excluded fire sprinklers? You know it’s going to happen, it’s inevitable. On another note how will the insurance carriers start handling this if they lose a home where fire sprinklers were not required? At some point they are going to find a way to subrogate against someone. I feel that in the end liability and risk reduction will demand that jurisdictions adopt the home fire sprinkler requirement in those areas where it has been excluded.

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