Despite long odds, North Carolina board of commissioners tries to tackle fire safety in large homes

  • Source: The Outer Banks Voice
  • Published: 07/08/2021 12:00 AM

At the suggestion of Commissioner Michael Siers, the Nags Head Board of Commissioners during its July 7 meeting formed a task force to address fire safety issues in large oceanfront homes. The move comes several weeks after a two-alarm structure fire destroyed an 18-bedroom home on the oceanfront in Kill Devil Hills where more than 40 occupants had to be evacuated. “I know it’s an uphill battle beyond all uphill battles, but this KDH fire kind of hit me off again,” Siers told his fellow commissioners. “I’ve said it for the last three years – the larger homes are unsafe for multiple families. There were forty-two or forty-five people in that house. Thank goodness they all got out.” While recognizing that the North Carolina Building Code Council holds the sole authority to adopt and amend the statewide building codes for residential properties.


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