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By: Fox S.A. Staff
The owner of a group home where four disabled men died in a fire is back in business.
City officials tell Fox San Antonio Nancy Murrah is running a boarding home on West French Place.
Authorities say its illegal since she doesn't have a certificate of occupancy.
Four people died in august in a group home run by Murrah on West Norwood.
City Council leaders heard a proposal this afternoon that would create regulations for boarding facilities like the ones run by Murrah.
It would require permit fees and and important safety features that could save lives in an emergency.
Rod Sanchez, Director of Development Services for the City of San Antonio, said, "When we get sprinkler systems, smoke alarms and smoke detectors in these homes it will definitely suppress the fire and give people a fighting chance to get out of a fire should one occur."
Diego Bernal, city councilman for District 1 said, "It's an appropriate first step. We have to make sure we can do this right and make sure the people are taken care of.
The State of Texas no longer regulates boarding homes, just assisted living facilities, which tend to have patients that require more assistance.
City Council will consider the proposal some more before taking a vote.
Right now, city leaders estimate there are close to 200 boarding homes operating legally and illegally throughout San Antonio.
School to resume in tornado-damaged Cleburne
May 17, 2013 23:00 GMT
CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) -- School is expected to resume Monday in a North Texas community where a tornado damaged homes and cut power.
Campuses in the Cleburne school district, about 25 miles south of Fort Worth, were closed Thursday and Friday after a tornado Wednesday night caused electrical outages and dangerous road conditions.
Dallas-based Oncor (ON'-kor) said Friday afternoon that about 600 customers in Cleburne were still without power, down from about 4,000 in the area at the height of the outage.
The National Weather Service has rated the tornado that hit Cleburne as an EF-3. Winds were estimated at 135 mph to 165 mph. No deaths or serious injuries were reported in Cleburne.
Cleburne is 25 miles southeast of Granbury, where a tornado Wednesday night killed six people.
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