UNO dorm fire could trigger local building code changes

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Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 5:36 pm, Sun Aug 17, 2014.

The UNO residence hall fire was the latest in a string of Omaha fires caused by discarded cigarettes that could lead to changes in local building codes, including requiring fire-resistant materials on new apartment balconies, a city official said.

The fire Wednesday at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Scott Village was at least the fifth since December 2012 that was started with smoking materials on a balcony, said Jay Davis, superintendent of the City Permits and Inspection Division.

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