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Three Years After Fatal Fire, Tenn. Nursing Homes Have Sprinklers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nearly all Tennessee's 336 nursing homes now have sprinkler systems -- only three years after a deadly fire at a Nashville nursing home.

Sixteen people died in the September 2003 fire at the NHC HealthCare Center, a nursing home that met all codes but didn't have a sprinkler system.

Only 11 nursing homes in Tennessee don't have approved sprinkler systems, and six of those are scheduled to have sprinklers installed soon or are waiting for the state to inspect their new systems.

The remaining five are moving into entirely new buildings.

That puts Tennessee ahead of much of the country. Federal officials are still currently debating whether to require sprinkler systems in all nursing homes that receive federal money.

(Source: AP)

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