After fatal fire, Pennsylvania city council wants to finalize day care ordinance to improve safety

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  • Published: 10/11/2019 12:00 AM

A proposed new ordinance aimed at improving safety at Erie day care facilities could be on Erie City Council’s agenda by the end of November. City Council President Jim Winarski, at a Thursday evening study session at City Hall, said the panel wants to finalize the ordinance as soon as possible. Council heard from Erie Bureau of Fire Chief Guy Santone and Andy Zimmerman, the city’s code enforcement manager, regarding the ordinance just hours after the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ Thursday morning announcement that an Aug. 11 fire in the early morning hours of Aug. 11 that killed five children at Harris Family Day Care, 1248 W. 11th St., was caused by a faulty extension cord. The fire, which has been ruled an accident, prompted the city to pursue new rules regarding city day care facilities.


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