Fire Department Completes Fire Risk Assessment on 740 Downtown Buildings

Fire Department Completes Fire Risk Assessment on 740 Downtown Buildings
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 8:47am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

The El Paso Fire Department completed a risk assessment of 740 buildings in Downtown El Paso.

The assessments were prompted in conjunction with the City's Building Code Enforcement Department after a fire destroyed the historical John Wesley Harding building in April.

The purpose of the assessments was to identify buildings that could potentially be destroyed in the event of another large fire.

The buildings were placed into four categories ranging from Level 4 for the most dangerous, to Level 1, which is code compliant.

A total of 20 downtown buildings were labeled at level four and they require immediate corrective action.

185 buildings were found to be level 3 violations, mainly related to electrical problems and storage issues.

118 buildings were level 2, which means they are a low fire hazard.  Fire officials said that is partly because they were built or occupied before the current codes were in effect. 

A total of 318 buildings were said to be code compliant.

The Fire Department said they will enforce the new building codes to make sure that the most dangerous downtown buildings are brought up to code.

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