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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 7, July 1973 - File 017. 1973-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2967/show/2962.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 7, July 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date July 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 017
Transcript ■ . .<■■_.:■■■■-•.:- :.;i:.E3SffifflsM Another tragedy A number of questions must be answered in the wake of Sunday night's tragic second floor French Quarter fire. The questions have to do not only with the fire that took 29 lives but with the future of the city's fire prevention effort. First, was the lounge complying with the city's fire regulations and, if so, are those regulations tough enough? Burglar bars on the windows blocked one avenue of escape and, according to a Fire Department spokesman, "practically all of the contents (of the building) were flammable —that is, combustible." The bar was built with a suspended ceiling which, according to the experts, allows an air space to feed oxygen to the flames. There was a way out of the upstairs room, other than the stair- well consumed by flames, but most patrons apparently couldn't find it. A bartender led 20 persons through the passage to safety. Could these persons have found the fire escape on their own? There was no sprinkler system, but this is not unusual in New Orleans buildings and, in the case of the Iberville Street lounge, sprinklers were not required by law. Would a sprinkler system have saved lives in this case? Should , sprinkler systems be required ' where large1 numbers of persons congregate.' Retired Fire Sunt. Louis J. San Salvador, for one. believes so. He made a strong pitch for required sprinkler s y s t e in s following the t Fire Tragedy Should Teach Lesson If a flash fire in minutes can claim 29 lives in a walk-up Vieux Carre bar. are there other potential fire traps about the city? Or will the ghastliness of Sunday night's fire be dimmed by passage of time, accusations and counter- accusations, committee reports and, finally, no solid action to spare a repetition? Magnitude of the fire'toll, possibly the city's worst, should dictate still another examination of fire prevention requirements in the city although practically on the heels of investigations growing out of the spectacular Rault Center fire of seven months earlier. If the fire was the work of an arsonist, one of the realities of fire prevention is dealing with deliberately set blazes by planning to reduce their effect in terms of preserving life and property. The hindsight of one hideous occasion can be converted to another day's foresight if New Orleans learns a lesson from the tragic Up Stairs bar tragedy. Page 16 Rault Center tragedy, and he repeated the plea for a strict sprinkler system requirement in the aftermath of the Iberville Street holocaust. For the future, does the city really know how many business establishments are not complying with fire regulations? Apparently not. Mr. San Salvador beiieves that there are many fire traps that the city does not know about, simply because there are not enough fire inspectors to insure compliance with regulations. It is not possible to follow up on inspections. He believes the city is full of fire hazards that have not been detected. The residents of the city react with horror to each new fire tragedy, but feelings never seem to translate into action. There was an outcry for sprinkler systems following the Rault Center fire. Legislation was introduced ta require sprinkler systems, at least in passageways offering chance of escape from burning buildings. The sprinkler bill was gutted. In its place the Legislature approved a resolution asking the governor to appoint a fire safety study committee to formulate legislation for the next session. Gov. Edwin Edwards yesterday indicated he will name such a committee. How man gedies will be required before the city and the state decide to do something more about fire preven- W. BAYOU Koylor Mr. frizby \ PRIVATE BATH CLUB Houston 3401 Milam at Francis -entrance on Francis Membership $2. per year Visits- Tuesday - Wednesday & Thursday - $3.00 Friday Saturday & Sunday Visits $5.00 IOPEN 24 hrs. CLOSED MONDAY 523-8840
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