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Fire Marshal Orders Symphony to Fix Doors

Updated: March 2, 2007 09:12 AM

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center violates the city's fire code.

That official word from the Metro Fire Marshal.

That finding comes only after NewsChannel 5 Investigates first spotted the problem.

The Metro Fire Marshal says the Nashville Symphony has 30 days to fix its doors or the symphony could wind up being cited and taken to court.

The Fire Marshal did his own survey of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center after our NewsChannel 5 investigation found safety violations that fire experts told us put the public at risk.

The problem is when the building's main doors are locked, the only way to open them is with a key.

Not only does that violate fire code, but if there were a fire, people would have no way to get out.

The fire marshal told us the problem should have been caught before the building was allowed to open and that it was an oversight by city inspectors.

What should have been installed were panic bars which allow the doors to be locked but anyone in the building to get out if necessary.

The symphony says they will spend about $14,000 to install the panic hardware on the doors.

In the meantime, the symphony has agreed to keep the doors unlocked whenever the public is in the building for tours or meetings.

The biggest problem with the locked doors had been during the day.

So the symphony has agreed to limit the public's access to the building during those times.

That means visitors to the cafe and gift shop will not be allowed to wander around the center, as they had before.

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