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Meeker Calls for Study of Raleigh Fire Codes

Posted March 6, 2007

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— Less than two weeks after a fire ripped through a north Raleigh townhouse complex, Mayor Charles Meeker on Tuesday called for an independent study of the city's fire codes.

Meeker asked City Manager Russell Allen to look at naming an outside committee to review the fire codes and recommend any necessary changes.

"If there are things that need to be changed, it's time the city make those changes," he said.

Meeker said he has several questions such as whether a more durable material like brick could have slowed the fire down. Any changes to the fire code, however, would likely need approval from the North Carolina Building Code Council.

The Feb. 22 fire at the Pine Knoll Townes complex destroyed 27 units and damaged 11 others. Authorities determined the fire was started by carelessly discarded smoking materials, and high winds fanned the flames.

The City Council on Tuesday also thanked dozens of firefighters for their work in battling the fire, which was one of the biggest in recent city history.

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  • rc4nc Mar 7, 2007

    I lived in Alexandria, VA thirty years ago and the building code there required a 12 inch masonry wall between units in townhouse dwellings. Such a code is long overdue in NC. Stop the wind during fires? No, just require builders to build with fire safety/containment in the codes.

  • Taxpayer Mar 6, 2007

    Remarkably strange. There are licensed building inspectors on staff and your Mayor wants to take the City Manager's attention from finding a Police Chief to re-reading the State's building codes determine if these highly skilled people have figured out how to stop the wind from blowing during a fire. Council members and city staff must be shaking their heads and laughing up a storm.

  • no screen name Mar 6, 2007

    also, lets all pray for the fire codes b/c they will be going thru some changes I bet and we all know that change is hard to accept for some. I just hope the codes are ok with it! ha ha

    sorry bout the caps last time!

  • no screen name Mar 6, 2007

    WHY CAN'T PEOPLE KEEP THEIR CIG BUTTS IN THEIR OWN CARS AND PROPERTY? I HATE WHEN PEOPLE LITTER WITH THESE THINGS!!

  • delete024 Mar 6, 2007

    Well of course it needs more study - have you found any part of business that mr meeker does feel it's his domain to meddle in. I mean afer all, isn't the government's view much better than those nasty developers and isn't his judgment much better than his own fire department's?

    Every day I look at that empty pedestrian bridge he built for about $4,000,000.00 and I think, you know, you just can't do much better than that.

    When is Raleigh going to replace this walking joke?

  • superman Mar 6, 2007

    That Meeker is one sharp cookie--they should make him full time mayor. After the city burns down he is thinking about checking on the fire codes. Oh, well, he is busy planing traffic circles on Hillsborough street. And Sir Walter Raleigh is still homeless!

  • Munchie Mar 6, 2007

    While I think looking at the fire codes is a good idea, what can be done about the careless smokers out there?? I see people throw cig butts out their car windows (sometimes hitting my vehicle) frequently. Extremely dangerous..especially this time of year.

  • cherokee43v6 Mar 6, 2007

    bvbac5... I guess the next time a plane crashes and kills hundreds of people there shouldn't be an investigation and recommendations to prevent a repeat there either...

  • knothead Mar 6, 2007

    Another waste of taxpayers money. Meeker doesn't have a clue.

  • RDUTEC Mar 6, 2007

    LETS FACE IT, ALL THE FIRE AND BUILDING CODES WERE MET. SOMEONE THREW A CIG. INTO THE GRASS AND IT AND THE WIND TOOK IT FROM THERE. FIRE WALLS THROUGH THE ROOF MIGHT HAVE SLOWED IT DOWN BUT WITH THE WIND THAT DAY, I'M NOT SURE ANYTHING COULD HAVE BEEN DONE WITHOUT SPENDING A WHOLE LOT MORE MONEY IN BUILDING THE BUILDINGS.

    ANY WAY SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING SMOKE & MIRRORS, DOG & PONEY SHOW.

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