Ky. amends reporting law for college fires





KENTUCKY -- Gov. Paul Patton signed legislation in April establishing a statewide college and university fire safety education fund and clarifying guidelines for reporting fires.

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The "Michael Minger/Priddy fire prevention fund," was named for Michael Minger, who died in a September 1998 arson fire at Murray State University, and Michael Priddy, whom the fire seriously injured.

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The new law clarifies guidelines in the current Minger Act on reporting fires to the state fire marshal, defining "immediately" as within two hours of the discovery of a fire or fire threat.

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The law sets a fine of $1,000 to $2,000 for each day a reporting violation occurs.

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LAW:

Ky. Rev. Stat. Sec. 164.948 (2002)


reports, Spring 2002