INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Looking for a good scare? There are plenty of haunted houses popping up designed to do just that.
But before you go, you may want to make sure the State Fire Marshal's office checked it out first.
24-Hour News 8 tagged along with the State Fire Marshal as he visited Necropolis, a haunted house located near Shadeland Avenue and Interstate 465.
Inspectors had spent two hours going through the building two days before. They checked for numerous things.
"Aisles are 4 feet wide, all the materials (used) for effects are non-combustible materials, or fire retardant. The emergency alarm and light system are tied in together .... that there are clear exit paths, and the emergency lighting is easy to see," said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.
If businesses don't get inspected and get caught with their doors open, they face hefty fines — up to $250 per violation per day.
Steve Walls, the owner of Necropolis, says he started the haunted house business back in 1990. This year he has added a new safety tool to his facility.
"It's a 32-camera system that allows me to watch every area. And I can tell you, if you are here next year there will probably be 32 more cameras. The staff has already requested it because they rely on it so much," said Walls.
Necropolis, located in the basement of a warehouse building, may be one of the few haunted houses around that has a built-in sprinkler system. Walls said he's never had to evacuate the building for any reason. However, if he needed to he's ready. He has an alert system in place. The scary music would stop playing, lights would come on, and visitors would hear this automated announcement, "Emergency evacuation. This is not a drill. Please move calmly to the next exit."
The fire marshal's office issued Walls the permit he needs to operate. Necropolis is now open for business on weekends.
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