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Sunday's tragic fire-related death in a Lakeview high-rise has magically placed a new onus on the city to prod building owners into making long-overdue fire safety upgrades. Obviously, bringing to code the 694 rental high-rises not up to 1975 fire standards is no small feat. But, according to CBS, firm reminders were mailed to the delinquents stressing that now's as good a time as any to make investments. There's three more years to do it before penalties kick in, the result of mass procrastination that caused the city to recently issue an extension. The installment of sprinkler systems, fire doors, and automatic elevator disabling is very expensive in some cases and, despite the city's willingness to chip in, remains prohibitive. [CBS]