Thousands to get fire proof trashcans after baby girl dies in North Carolina apartment fire sparked by trash overflow

  • Source: WRAL-TV NBC 5 Raleigh
  • Published: 06/13/2022 12:00 AM

Thousands of renters across the state will soon be getting new trashcans — with new regulations taking effect next month for valet trash services and new building codes aimed at reducing fire hazards. This comes after a deadly fire at the Aurella Cary Apartments in March, which was caused when cardboard and trash caught fire in the breezway. Baby Marlee Santiago, just 9 months old, died in that fire. Overflowing trashcans with no lids create a fire hazard. Family describes loss of 9-month-old in Cary apartment fire Report: Baby girl dies in Cary apartment fire while clinging to her mother's chest Some apartment complexes have already started giving out new trashcans to comply with the new rules. These are fire-proof cans with a self-closing mechanism – and the goal is make the entrance and exits to these apartments safer.


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