SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio group home where four men died in an August fire was repeatedly cited for violating of safety requirements, including failing to conduct fire drills, according to documents obtained by a newspaper.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
At the time of the blaze, the two-story home was providing room and board to 13 men, some of them mentally disabled. City officials have said Murrah had not obtained a required certificate of occupancy that would have triggered electrical, plumbing and fire inspections.
Among the chronic violations that turned up in records were staffing problems, poor training, faulty record-keeping and the absence of care plans for some residents.
When violations were found, a facility had 10 days to submit a written plan of correction. But the state didn't assess penalties for violations, even when they turned up again after being reported as fixed.
"We are not an enforcement agency," said Cecilia Cavuto, a spokeswoman for aging and disability services.
The state halted oversight of such group homes because so few — only 23 across the state — applied for the licensing program, which began in 2001. San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley is expected next month to propose an ordinance that would give the city more authority to regulate group homes.
Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com
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