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City Council rolls out fire safety bills following deadly Bronx blaze

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The bills would require landlords to install self-closing doors and provide stove knob covers to tenants

At Least 12 Dead In Bronx Apartment Building Fire Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images

On Wednesday, City Council voted to approve a series of bills that aim to enforce fire safety in residential buildings, following the deadly five-alarm fire that tore through a five-story apartment building at 2363 Prospect Avenue in the Bronx, killing 12 people and injuring several more on December 28.

According to the New York Post, the bills would require landlords to install self-closing doors in residential occupancies by July 31, 2021 as well as provide stove knob covers to tenants in units with children under the age of six, along with other safety measures. Though it would be difficult to enforce the use of knob covers, self-closing doors could prevent the spread of fires, decreasing the chance of them rapidly spreading.

The December 28 blaze was sparked by a child who was playing with a stove in a first-floor apartment. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro stated during a press conference that the residents of the apartment left their door open as they vacated, allowing the fire to quickly spread. FDNY officials have said closing the door could have saved many of the lives lost in the Bronx fire, notes the Post.