Nearly three weeks after a massive fire claimed the lives of five children at an overnight daycare, the city of Erie is moving forward with a new ordinance aimed at improving safety.

The investigation into the fatal Harris Family Daycare fire revealed that the building only had one smoke detector in the attic.

A total of five children lost their lives in the August 11 fire.

Since the fire, the city has pinpointed a total of 40 day cares throughout the city.

Right now, fire inspectors give each day care a certificate of occupancy when they first open.

The Department of Human Services handles inspections after that.

Under the new ordinance, each day care would have to apply for a certificate every year.

Fire inspectors would then check each place annually, to make sure they have the proper amount of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Erie Fire Department Chief Guy Santone says the goal, is to prevent another tragedy from happening again.

“I don't ever want what happened to happen again, and I think this is a good step forward to prevent that,” said Chief Santone.  “Obviously, we're going to do everything we can to push this through as soon as quickly as we can."

Erie Solicitor Ed Betza is reviewing the ordinance.  Once approved, it will go to Erie City Council for a vote.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.