Powers of Connecticut State Fire Marshal Extended

Issue 6 and Volume 96.

Powers of Connecticut State Fire Marshal Extended Legislation which one state senator said “probably” would have prevented the Cocoanut Grove disaster in Boston had it been on the statute books of Massachusetts was adopted by the Connecticut State Legislature on April 1 when the Senate and House concurred with the House on a bill extending the powers of the State Fire Marshal. The bill, signed following its passage by Governor Raymond E. Baldwin, provides that the State Fire Marshal or his authorized agents in the State Police Department shall have the right of entry during “reasonable hours” to any premises where local fire marshals have reason to believe a fire hazard exists. It also adds taverns, restaurants and hotels to the list of establishments such as theatres, garages and rooming houses which local fire marshals are required to inspect “as often as may be necessary in the interest of public…

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