Topic: apartment fire and questions for landlord?
apartment fire and questions for landlord?
On Friday night, the apartment building attached to ours had a small but serious fire that left one resident is critical condition. It’s our understanding from folks who live in the building that the fire detectors in the hall did not go off despite a TON of smoke. Only one resident woke up at 3am, smelled smoke, and luckily called 911. The fire was contained to one 1st floor unit and only the bottom 2 floors were evacuated.
Our (very old, very outdated) building is owned by the same management company and in many ways, the two buildings function as one– we’re connected in the front, have identical layouts, share maintenance staff, etc.
I’m concerned about the lack of alarms and want to know about the fire safety of my building. Is anyone familiar with the DC fire code and what regulations are in place for alarm tests, replacements, etc? Should I ask that management conduct a fire drill? Seek a Fire Marshall inspection? Get a fire ladder and hope for the best? For what its worth, neither building’s residents have heard anything from management since the fire. I want to ask the right questions when I contact them and would love input on what those questions are.