A possible ordinance change making it safer for firefighters responding to
structures built with pre-manufactured I-beams will be discussed Monday by
the Burns Harbor Advisory Plan Commission. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at
the town hall, 1240 N. Boo Rd.
Dec. 30 a Burns Harbor home burned doing $230,000 in damage to the structure
and contents. A floor supported with I-beams made of compressed wood and
glue caved in when a firefighter stepped on it even though water was put on
the blaze about 12 minutes after receiving the call.
Fire chief Bill Arney said although pre-manufactured beams offer more
rigidity than conventional lumber, the glued beams burn almost three times
as fast as solid wood posing a danger for unsuspecting firefighters.
Last month Arney said some fire departments are addressing the problem by
requiring that a small diamond medallion be located at the roof peak to warn
firefighters that a structure is built using floor joists made of
pre-manufactured beams; a person filing for a building permit could be
required to disclose glued joists will be used, and an occupancy permit
couldn't be issued until the medallion is in place.
In other business, as-builts for The Village in Burns Harbor subdivision
will be discussed, and commission officers and staff will report as
necessary. No preliminary or public hearings are scheduled. The public may
address the commission at the meeting's conclusion under audience