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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 23:38
EL PASO -- City council heard the final results Tuesday afternoon on the downtown building risk assessment for potential fire hazards on more than 700 buildings.
The fire department inspected more than 700 businesses for potential fire violations after the historic John Wesley Hardin building burned down in April.
"We haven't been doing our due diligence when it comes to inspections," said District 8 Representative Cortney Niland.
Through their inspections, the fire department determined 52 percent of the 726 buildings in downtown were at risk.
The fire department ranted every building from Level 1 to Level 4 with one being the lowest risk and four being the highest.
El Paso Fire Chief Otto Drozd said there were 7 buildings rated at a Level 4 with 20 violations that required immediate action.
190 buildings had Level 3 issues like electrical and storage problems.
Most of the buildings had Level 2 concerns, such as large areas without sprinkler systems.
"If there is a fire, our concern is being able to get people out and being able to get our firefighters into these buildings safely to combat the fire," Drozd said.