D.C. schools still have 500 fire code violations

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 500 fire code violations in the D.C. public schools remain, even after about 2,000 violations were remedied during the summer repair blitz to school buildings.

Tony Robinson, a spokesman for school facilities chief Allen Lew, said that the remaining violations will probably take the rest of the school year and millions of dollars to fix.

Maintenance workers and fire officials are currently reviewing the remaining 492 code violations.

Fire code violations aren't new to the district. In the 1990s, D.C. schools had up to 10,000 violations. The troubled school system gained national attention in the late 1990s when a judge would not allow classes to resume before every code violation was fixed.

The current violations range from fire extinguisher-related issues to improper storage or blocked entrances.

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