Parents Call for Sprinklers, Alarms at SJ School

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) _ The push is on to get more sprinklers installed in remodeled schools following a devastating fire that gutted a San Jose elementary school last month.

The six alarm fire at Trace Elementary destroyed 19 classrooms.

A PTA leader tells the San Jose Mercury News that they’re angry that the school wasn’t adequately protected.

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But San Jose Unified School District spokeswoman Karen Fuqua said that’s just not true.

“Trace Elementary was up to code. So whether it was adequately protected, no child, no person was injured in this fire and we’re always thankful for that,” she said. “Across the state of California, there has not been a child that has been killed in a fire. Our children are drilled and our teachers are drilled in fire safety.”

Parents have talked with state Senator Elaine Alquist about amending a state law to install sprinklers and automatic fire alarms anytime a school is remodeled.

Photo by Bruce Dembecki

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