Fire consumes North Dartmouth apartment building

There are 1 comment on the Turnto10.com story from Apr 8, 2012, titled Fire consumes North Dartmouth apartment building. In it, Turnto10.com reports that:

Fire crews in North Dartmouth battled a fire that spread to several units of an upscale apartment complex Sunday evening.

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Frank Haggerty

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Apr 9, 2012
On November 28th 1942, a fire occurred at the Coconut Grove Night Club in Boston.

As a result of the Coconut Grove fire ordinances were expanded. Building codes were also changed.

This brings into question all the local building codes in the SouthCoast towns.

Recently we have seen the construction and operation of large wind facilities. These large commercial wind turbines must be consistent with all applicable local, state and federal requirements, including but not limited to all applicable safety, construction, environmental, electrical, communications and aviation requirements.

What are the local fire stop rules for these buildings? What are the local foundation requirements for commercial wind turbines?

Building codes are for the safety of the general public. We should demand a review of all the local building codes that affect a large segment of our population from commercial wind turbine foundations to building fire stops.

The public officials can't continue to ignore these tragedies.

As for permitting, the building department will require you to have an engineer stamp your foundation plans or your building plans. Who are these engineers? Do they work for the people who live in and near these projects? Generally they are paid and work for the construction company.

The public officials can't continue to ignore these tragedies. These large construction projects need third party review and consent from the local building rules.

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