FOX San Antonio - FOLLOW UP STORIES
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.
Tropical Storm Barry headsforms off Mexican coast
June 20, 2013 09:02 GMT
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) -- The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Barry is bearing down on Mexico's Gulf Coast, poised to make landfall within hours.
The Miami-based center said the storm was about 30 miles (45 kilometers) north of the port city of Veracruz early Thursday and heading west at 5 mph (7 kph). Barry, which has sustained 45-mph (75-kph) winds, is expected to make landfall northwest of that city.
Forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season's second tropical storm is drenching areas in its path with between 3 and 10 inches of rain. They say the storm could cause life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.
The center predicts Barry will weaken and dissipate Friday while moving inland over southern Mexico. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Punta El Lagarto to Tuxpan, Mexico.
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