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City officials swung back Wednesday against charges that it ignored a faulty sprinkler system that could have stopped December’s historic fire from ravaging downtown.

The announcement came in response to a lead front-page Register article revealing new allegations filed in court by Mid Block Development LLC, whose Kresge/Grant building was devoured by a Dec. 12 fire. The complaint cites an October report warning of an improper sprinkler system at Center Street’s Brass Monkey Bar, where the fire started.

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