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Manitoba changes building code

Jan. 10, 2008, Winnipeg - The Manitoba government has agreed to change building codes for homes in the province after a report into a blaze that killed two Winnipeg fire captains.

January 10, 2008  By The Canadian Press

As of Oct. 1, all new homes will be required to have a fire-resistant wall between an attached garage and a home.
Labour minister Nancy Allan says Manitoba is the first jurisdiction in the country to make the requirement.
It's been almost a year since Harold Lessard and Tom Nichols were killed and four other firefighters were injured after getting in caught in an intense fire.
Last October, the fire commissioner and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service released 22 recommendations, including changing home building codes to require fireguard drywall between an attached garage and a home instead of plywood.
The amended building code changes also require garages to contain heat detectors that are connected to a home's smoke detector system.

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