Congressman announces Fire Safety Education Act following deadly Seton Hall University dorm fire 17 years ago

Federal lawmakers from New Jersey joined survivors of the deadly Seton Hall University dorm fire to announce legislation aimed at saving lives.



The legislation calls for new safety standards and equipment in dorms, along with additional fire safety notifications to current students and applicants.



Three students were killed 17 years ago in a fire in Boland Hall.



Congressman Bill Pascrell joined the victims' families and Sen. Bob Menendez to talk about the measures.



"So our job in Congress with this issue, which is close to our hearts, is to protect our daughters, sons, and grandkids," says Pascrell.



Two students, Sean Ryan and Joseph LePore, later admitted they set fire to a banner in one of the lounges.



The faced criminal charges for the fire.


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