Fire chief continues to nix homeless shelter

He says that he won't allow a fire watch to be placed on the proposed shelter until it meets safety codes

By Rita Price
The Columbus Dispatch

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Franklin Township fire chief won't agree to a plan to use a fire watch to patrol a proposed winter shelter that's been trying for weeks to open up to homeless men and women.

The Community Shelter Board had asked Chief Richard Howard to allow a fire watch until the building's sprinkler system is operating.

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