SC fire marshal wants sprinklers on Yorktown carrier

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Fire Marshal's Office wants the operators of the aircraft carrier Yorktown to add sprinklers where campers sleep.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the fire marshal's office has told the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant that it must stop the sleepover program on the carrier unless it adds the sprinklers.

Fire Marshal John Reich says existing conditions where Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts sleep in crew bunks create a danger to the campers and emergency officials who might respond to a fire.

Patriots Point had more than 2,500 campers in May alone.

The letter says the fire marshal ordered the changes in 2008 and learned this year the improvements had not been made.

Patriots Point officials say a 1990 order allows the museum to continue its current operations.

Information from: The Post and Courier,

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