State Fire Marshal’s Office details Louisiana high-rise fire safety measures


State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning aims to reassure Louisiana residents and visitors that the state’s safety code has been a leader in proactive protective measures. Browning’s statement comes after a high-rise fire in Los Angeles this week, according to Public Affairs Director Ashley Rodrigue.

“It’s very concerning what’s happened over there where people were trapped in a high-rise building,” Browning said. “But state leaders, long ago, took steps to prevent that same thing from happening here and it’s paid off.”

The following facts about Louisiana’s high-rise safety requirements were provided by Rodrigue:

  • Mandatory high-rise sprinkler legislation was enacted in 1990, which required buildings with at least six stories to have sprinkler systems
  • The state’s Life Safety Code was created shortly after New Orleans’ fatal Rault Center fire in 1972. This allowed for a uniform fire code enforced by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Code requirements are ensured by SFM architects and engineers.

CBS Los Angeles reported that 11 people were injured in a high-rise fire in that city Wednesday morning.

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