South Carolina: Why a Charleston-area development boom is leading to fire-inspection backlogs

  • Source: The Post and Courier - Metered Site
  • Published: 12/30/2019 12:00 AM

Jamie Dukes tried the door handle, throwing his weight against the small metal door that led to the outside of a North Charleston industrial facility. It wouldn’t move. Inside the structure, pallets of polyester were stacked more than 6 feet high. A plastics warehousing firm was moving in, and Dukes, a North Charleston fire inspector, was on site to sign off that the property was up to code. The door worried him. It had to be fixed that day, Dukes told a project manager. An exit from the building couldn’t be rendered useless. Each year, Charleston-area fire inspectors carry out thousands of visits at new construction sites and existing buildings. Buoyed by a strong economy, area development has expanded at a rapid pace over the past decade and fire departments are faced with a challenge — keeping up with the increasing inspection workload.


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