Mother of fatal fire victim launches fire safety campaign

Friday, September 21, 2007

The mother of a college student killed in a fire is leading a safety campaign at Illinois campuses.

Chicago State University students hung up posters, encouraging others to 'Look Up' and make sure they have working smoke alarms in their living quarters.

The 'Look Up' initiative was founded by Kathleen Moritz whose son, Tanner Osborn, and two of his friends were killed in a Chicago apartment fire in June of 2005. Saturday would have been Osborn's 25th birthday.

"There were not adequate smoke alarms in the apartment where he died. In the situation of the fire where they were, they more than likely would have gotten out had there been [enough smoke alarms]," said Kathleen Moritz, mother of a fire victim.

According to the group 'Campus Fire Watch', at least 109 students have died in college housing fires since.

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