Hoboken is home to several mid-rise buildings that do not have fire sprinkler systems. One such location was 1203 Washington St., which claimed the life of one man this year.
The NJ Department of Community Affairs is considering a Uniform Fire Code amendment that would require all high-rise buildings in the state to install full coverage sprinkler systems. Commercial and residential buildings erected prior to 1987 were not required to install sprinkler systems at the time of their construction. Since construction, these buildings were unfortunately neither encouraged nor required to retrofit sprinklers. The lack of sprinkler coverage severely diminishes the life safety of people who live in such Hoboken high-rises as Church Towers, Fox Hill and Marine View Towers. Even though 1203 Washington Street would not fall under the state’s definition of a high-rise building (at least 75 feet tall), it nevertheless underscores importance of life safety and fire protection.
The Hoboken Firefighters’ Union sent a letter to DCA Commissioner Joseph Doria regarding their support for the proposed Uniform Fire Code amendment.