More than $21 million to be spent on fire safety overhaul for public housing towers

Extra sprinklers and smoke detectors will be installed in all high-rise public housing estates under a $21.7 million fire safety blitz set to be rolled out by the state government.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said corridors and common areas on hundreds of floors of high-rise public housing will also be upgraded to protect residents from the risk of fire, as part of the state budget.

Atherton Gardens Estate resident Ranko Cosic said he hasn’t been able to sleep through the night since a fire ravaged the highrise apartment block he lives in last March.

Mr Cosic said corridor alarms failed when fire broke out in the 20-storey building at 125 Napier Street, Fitzroy just before dawn on March 29.

He was eventually woken by the sound of emergency service sirens blaring in the street below and residents yelling as they fled the blaze.

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