Article 1. Fire Provisions

§7-101      FIRE PREVENTION; FIRES PROHIBITED; EXCEPTIONS. No person, firm, or corporation shall burn any rubbish, brush, wood, trash, leaves, papers or other combustible material of any sort out of doors anywhere in the Municipality. This section does not prohibit outdoor fires for cooking, recreation, or ceremonial purposes. This section does not prohibit burning any material in an incinerator complying with all applicable laws of this State and approved by the Chief of Police.

§7-102      FIRE PREVENTION; NEW CONSTRUCTION AND ADDITIONS. It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, company or corporation to build, erect, construct, or cause to be built, erected or constructed any wooden or other combustible building or part thereof or to enlarge any such building, or to build any addition thereto within the fire limits.

§7-103      FIRE PREVENTION; BUILDING REQUIREMENTS. Every building hereafter erected or enlarged within the fire limits shall be enclosed on all sides with walls constructed wholly of stone, well-burned brick, terra cotta, steel, concrete or equivalent incombustible materials; provided, roofs and dormer windows on said masonry buildings may be constructed with wood joists but said roofs and dormer windows shall, in all cases, be covered with non-combustible material, with tin, iron, slate, tile or fireproof roof; and provided further, incombustible materials may be construed to include wood when applied to floors in any building within the fire limits. All cornices shall be of incombustible material.

§7-104      FIRE PREVENTION; MINOR REPAIRS. Minor repairs on existing wooden or ironclad structures, such as to stop leaky shingle roofs, siding on existing warehouses or storage sheds, where the work might be fairly construed as patching or covering small areas on the outside or inside of combustible buildings, shall not require fireproof materials.

§7-105      FIRE PREVENTION; ROOFING. When combustible buildings are permitted to be roofed or reroofed in the fire limits, roof covering over all combustible roof construction shall be either of the following kinds: Composition roofings bearing the label and laid in the manner provided by the Underwriters Laboratory. Inc., for Class A and B; concrete slab or concrete tile; slate; clay; tile; or asphalt.

§7-106      FIRE PREVENTION; MOVING COMBUSTIBLE BUILDINGS. It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, company or corporation to move in, on or place upon any lot or parcel of ground within the fire limits, any wooden or combustible building or structure, or of any part thereof, which had been built, erected or constructed elsewhere, or to remove any such building or structure or part thereof from one part of the same lot to another part thereof within said fire limits.

§7-107      FIRE PREVENTION; TEMPORARY PERMITS. Upon application in writing from the owner or agent, permission may be granted by a two-thirds vote of the members required to be elected to the council for a temporary removal of said combustible building to such a location in the street or other place within said fire limits as said council shall specify, when the owner of any such building desires immediately to construct on its former site a building of non-combustible material and shall immediately after the completion of said non-combustible building, move said combustible building outside of the fire limits.

§7-108      FIRE PREVENTION; BOND. Before any such permits shall be issued, the owner or agent desiring the same shall furnish the city with a good and sufficient bond conditioned to save the city harmless from any liability occasioned by such removal.

§7-109      FIRE PREVENTION; PENALTY. There is hereby imposed a payment of a penalty of ten dollars per day for each and every day such combustible building is allowed to remain on its temporary site after the completion of the

 non-combustible building.

§7-110      FIRE PREVENTION; BARRICADES AND LIGHTS. It shall lie the duty of the owner, tenant, lessee or contractor, and of all or any of them, during the construction of any building or improvement upon or near the line of any public street, highway, alley or sidewalk, to have all excavations or exposures of any kind protected and guarded by suitable guards or barricades by day, and by warning red lights at night. In case of the failure, neglect, or refusal of said persons, or any of them, to erect such guards and keep the street highway, or sidewalk well and securely guarded, it shall be lawful for the street commissioner or any police officer of city forthwith to stop all work upon said buildings and improvements until guards are erected and kept in the manner aforesaid.

§7-111      FIRE PREVENTION; DAMAGED BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES. Whenever any wooden or any non-combustible building stands within said fire limits and it shall be damaged by fire or other casualty to the extent of fifty percent or more of its value (exclusive of foundation), it shall not be repaired or rebuilt, but shall be taken down and removed.

§7-112      FIRE PREVENTION; DAMAGED BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES TIME LIMITATION The building so damaged shall be removed within sixty (60) days from the date of the casualty causing the damage.

§7-113      FIRE PREVENTION; DAMAGED BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES PENALTY. It shall be unlawful for any person in, persons, company corporation to repair or rebuild any such damaged building or structure or for any owner thereof to fail to remove any such damage building or structure and to protect and guard the public from injury or damage arising out of such excavation or open basement remaining, if any, within thirty (30) days after notice to do so from the mayor and city council.

§7-114      FIRE PREVENTION; REMOVAL BY CITY. If such owner fails or neglects to remove said building or structure, and to protect and guard the public from injury damage arising out of such excavation or open basement remaining, if any, as commanded by said notice, the chief of police, upon motion of the council, shall remove said building or structure and shall protect and guard said excavation or open basement, if any, and shall report the cost and expense thereof to the city attorney who shall collect such cost and expense from said owner by civil suit or otherwise in the name of the city.