Father makes emotional plea for sprinkler bill following daughter's fire death

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jun 5, 2015

Connecticut Fire Sprinkler CoalitionIt's a living nightmare that Jeffrey Block doesn't want repeated. The Connecticut resident said an emotional goodbye to his 21-year-old daughter, Eva, in January 2012 after she and two others died in an off-campus house fire near Marist College in New York. A vibrant collegiate with a penchant for dancing and reading, Eva's zest for life was remembered at her funeral. "She wouldn't want us to be sad," Block told a Connecticut newspaper in 2012.

Three years later, the mourning process continues. Amid a tearful remembrance of Eva that he shared recently with a Connecticut news station, Block brought back the pain of the past in an effort to alter the future. He's standing behind a legislative bill in Connecticut that would require landlords to inform tenants whether or not their property is sprinklered. A similar bill was passed last year in New York following strong support by the family of Kerry Fitzsimons, who also died in the fire.

With Block's help, the Connecticut sprinkler bill passed the state Senate. (The Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition also supports the passage of residential sprinkler requirements.) However, Block worries the bill won't make it passed the House. “Now it’s sitting on the House calendar and potentially going to die,” he told the local news station. [Since it's only a notification,] it doesn’t cost anyone anything."

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