No smoke detectors in burned Paris shelter

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

PARIS, TX --Investigators say the Paris shelter that burned Monday, killing five men, had no sprinkler system, fire alarms, or smoke detectors.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined but Paris Fire Chief Ronnie Grooms says records show the building was last inspected in 2004.

Homeless shelters in Texas are not licensed by the state, so regular fire inspections are not required. Grooms says his department has only two inspectors who focus mostly on state-licensed facilities where inspections are mandated.

The shelter is owned and operated by Christians in Action. The owner declined comment on building codes or inspections.


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  • by britney walker Location: sherman,texas bonham,texas paris,texas on Jan 12, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    cia is uncles pride and joy besides his children grandchildren....etc.... i personally love to go to cia and hate to see that it is gone.whomever started the fire should be ashamed. i love u uncle don,daddy,and everyone else whom cared about this astablishment as much as we!!!! Peace out !!!! -britney walker
  • by Zyklon B Location: Sherman on Jan 12, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    Maybe the smoke detectors burned up and the fire marshall can't find them.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Jan 10, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    Obama isn't going to save anyone from their own stupidity, or the stupidity of others. It's stupidity that got him elected to begin with. Fire code or not, inspections or not, STUPIDITY is ANY living quarters, for one person or a hundred, not having smoke detectors. They aren't expensive at all. They probably could have gotten them donated had they asked for them.
  • by Enlightened Location: Paris on Jan 10, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    (continued from last post) its also possible that code was ignored due to the shelters recycle program which seems inportant to the city (heresay). I would like to point out that it was released that this program makes about 40K per year, i know thats not a lot, but smoke detectors are under $10 each folks, there was no excuse for that, hell, you can buy em used for a couple bucks at garage sales lol. One last note, Paris only has 2 inspectors? thats enough inspectors to inspect every last commercial building in Paris twice per year and they would still have time to sit on their rumps and eat popcorn. BUT rather than the city arguing about such, how about they use our tax dollars wisely and go hire a couple more friggen inspectors :D Personally, i vote we kick a few innefective puplic officials to the curb to make way for those who will do their jobs like we pay them to do....
  • by Enlightened Location: Paris on Jan 10, 2009 at 05:47 PM
    and now, for the rest of the story, Christians in Action is not a notmal shelter, its like a work camp wheras the shelter residents work for their keep. Part of this is done through sorting and resale of items, but another part of the shelters income came from Christians In Action being the sort facility for the what appears to be the paris city recycling program. Now, With that in mind, you would think there would have been madatory inspections right? May also want to take into consideration that the fire code really has not changed much in the last 4 years, i dont buy the thought that Christians in Action removed all of their smoke alarms, sprinklers and a second story fire escape ALL in the last 4 years. I tend to think they NEVER were up to code and that for some reason code was not enforced.... TO sum it all up, i think code was ignored BECAUSE it was a homeless shelter.. To a degree i can understand that mentality.
  • by curious Location: Paris on Jan 10, 2009 at 01:11 AM
    how did it pass fire code in 2004? fire code is fire code, and is supposed to be enforced regardless of the states stance on the matter. this is simply unacceptable.
  • by And Here comes the onslaught Location: shame on you shame on you shame shame shame on you on Jan 9, 2009 at 10:05 PM
    Key paragraph to note: "Homeless shelters in Texas are not licensed by the state, so regular fire inspections are not required. Grooms says his department has only two inspectors who focus mostly on state-licensed facilities where inspections are mandated"--WHY? Why do you have to be "mandated" to do the right thing? No worries for human needs? And so you see, citizens, why the "officials" get off the hook and the "non-officials" do not. These folks have license for their ILL REPUTE...messing with a Christian shelter no less! Of all the nerve! Last time I read it was an ambulance plowing into the back of a woman who "failed to yield." Keep it up you guys. Power without responsibility doesn't carry far. At this point I am starting to hope the Government will have control over the states and their stupid "special" rules. I'm ready for Obama to clean some things up. By God I am TIRED of you!
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