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Year after fire, too soon to quantify inspections

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - One year after a fire killed six people in Minneapolis, including three children, fire officials say it's too soon to tell if the city's inspections process has improved.

The fire last April 2 in the apartments above McMahon's Irish Pub was the city's deadliest in nearly 24 years. Records showed the apartments had not been inspected for possible fire-code violations in at least 16 years.

On Jan. 1, the city started a new inspection system, including shifting responsibility to the city's regulatory department and requiring use of a more detailed checklist.

The Star Tribune reports Sunday that the city hasn't released data on whether the new system is generating more tickets. And some officials tell the paper they are unsure about new protocols, and they want more training.

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