EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Everett Fire Department says that 17 large apartment complexes in the city remain in violation of codes requiring fire alarms.

The Daily Herald reports the department conducted city-wide inspections after a fatal three-alarm blaze on New Year’s Eve.

Everett requires a central fire alarm system — the kind where someone can pull a lever — at any apartment building with at least four stories or more than 16 units. Many of the apartments in violation were built before the city required these alarm systems, but the rules are retroactive.

Since January, the fire department has inspected more than 50 properties. Violation letters were sent to 17 owners.

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