City Locks Owner Out of Arena Over Unresolved Fire Code Violations

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The owner of an Oshkosh, Wis., arena has been locked out of the facility over what the city says are lingering fire code issues. 

According to the local ABC affiliate, the Oshkosh Fire Department informed Oshkosh Arena on July 18 that their failure to bring fire code violations into compliance by 5:00 p.m. on July 25 would result in warning signs being posted on the property prohibiting entry and the building would be secured to deny occupancy.

The city said it did not receive notification that the code violations had been resolved by the deadline. 

The city listed the violations as:

• The fire alarm system panel indicated three trouble alarms that need to be addressed and repaired. This system is also to be serviced annually, and the last date of service was June, 2021.

• Quarterly and annual sprinkler system inspections and testing have not been completed since May 11, 2022.

• The Ansul extinguishing system requires semi-annual service. This system was last serviced in December, 2022.

• The kitchen hoods require semi-annual professional cleaning and inspection. The hoods were last cleaned and inspected on September 30, 2021.

• The fire alarm system is not being monitored since June of 2023.

The city of Oshkosh issued citations to the Oshkosh Arena on October 26, 2022, and again on February 22, 2023, due to non-compliance with fire code.

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