Jeff Block at the state capitol on Friday. (WFSB photo)
Block's daughter died in a fire at an off-campus home at Marist College in 2012. (iWitness photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
The father of a New York college student who died in a house fire said he's fighting against a bill in Connecticut that would prevent fire marshals from inspecting homes without the owners' permission.
Jeff Block said he lost his daughter Eva in 2012 during a fire at an off-campus home near Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Currently, fire marshals have to get permission to go inside single and two-family homes.
Friday in Hartford, Connecticut lawmakers looked at extending the bill to include three-family homes.
Right now, the law essentially denies fire marshals from checking out three-family homes without the landlords' permission.
Block said the bill could create dangerous conditions for renters.
"If you are renting your property out, why shouldn't you be able to protect your renters?" Block said. "And you're leaving that to the landlord's responsibility with no oversight. So there's a problem there as far as I am concerned."
Of the 12 million students who attend college, half of them live in off-campus housing, according to testimony at the hearing.
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