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Manhattan Councilman Calls for New Fire Safety Rules in High-Rise Buildings

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A Manhattan councilman is proposing a bill calling for new fire safety rules in high-rise buildings in the City.

It comes a week after a fire claimed the life of Daniel McClung, who died while trying to escape flames in his Manhattan building.

The legislation, unveiled by Councilman Corey Johnson, would require all high rises to have a system in place for firefighters to be able to communicate with people during fires.

The proposed law would cover existing and future buildings.

"Many people don't know if they live in a fire-proof building or whether or not they should stay or go during an emergency," Johnson said. "Daniel's life could have been saved if he had stayed in his apartment, but he wasn't given proper instructions when the fire broke out."

McClung was found in a stairwell trying to leave the building, but officials say that in high-rise fires, it's usually safest for people to stay in their apartments.

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