Illegal basement bedroom leads to tragedy

August 2nd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Persons who do work without a permit or allow bedrooms in basements that are in violation of the building code risk more than fines.  In a tragic case in Ann Arbor, a homeowner’s daughter died along with another person because of a fire in the basement.  The owner was charged with renting without a certificate of compliance, illegal occupancy of the basement, inadequate smoke detectors, and inadequate exits from the basement by the local prosecutor. The public just doesn’t understand how building inspectors save lives.

  1. Al Putnam
    August 5th, 2011 at 09:16 | #1

    “The public just doesn’t understand how building inspectors save lives.”
    I have always wondered, why building officials are not considered with Public Safety and given more recognition and ability to perform their duties.

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