Certain New Jersey legislators made sure the memory of a massive fire in Edgewater that displaced 1,000 residents wouldn't be forgotten. They've kept their word.
Following the fire that made national headlines, Assemblyman John Wisniewski was hoping to brighten the spotlight placed on his state by reintroducing the New Home Fire Safety Act.The bill calls for the sprinklering of all new, one- and two-family homes. The Assembly approved the bill in February, and it recently passed the state's Senate with a 22-13 vote, per the Burlington County Times.
The article adds that the new rule would take effect seven months after becoming law. The bill now heads to Gov. Chris Christie's desk for his signature. Last legislative session, the same bill made its way through the Assembly and Senate, but the bill died after Christie failed to sign it into law.
Pro-sprinkler legislators are hoping for a different outcome based on recent events. "The images of the https://community.nfpa.org/Edgewater fire raging and the building collapsing in on itself are haunting," Assemblyman Wisniewski stated in the opinion piece.
What's more haunting is to think what could have happened if everyone wasn't able to escape?