Texas Group Home Where Fire Killed 4 Had Repeated Safety Violations

SAN ANTONIO (September 27, 2012)--Records show that a San Antonio group home where four men died in a fire in August had chronic violations of safety requirements, including fire standards.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Thursday that Amistad Residential Facility owner Nancy Murrah corrected repeated problems that turned up in Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services reports, but records obtained by the newspaper indicate the same infractions showed up within months in new reports.

The last inspection in April 2010 showed that the home lacked a functioning fire alarm panel and there’s no record of the panel being fixed because the state halted oversight of such group homes a few months later.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.