Bpt. residents call for stricter fire codes

BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport residents and community leaders are calling for stricter fire codes in apartment buildings in response to the blaze that claimed the lives of a young Bridgeport mother and her children.

Retired firefighter and former NAACP President Craig Kelly says he toured an apartment Sunday similar to the P.T. Barnum complex units where Tiana Black and her three children died. The front door is the only means of entering and exiting, Kelly says, which is how Black and her children were trapped inside.

Residents say emergency doors between units were removed during a reconfiguration in the 1980s because of crime.

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