Enforcement of Fire Prevention Ordinances in Indiana
That cities can secure assistance from the state of Indiana in the enforcement of city fire prevention ordinances has been demonstrated in numerous cases recently in which aid from the state fire marshal has been invoked by local municipal authorities charged with that duty. In one Indiana city, a property owner who had complied with an order of the fire marshal to remove a dilapidated building, began to replace the old building by the erection of a frame shed within the fire limits. This constituted a violation of the city fire limits ordinance and in response to a request from this city, the state department ordered the owner to tear off the frame siding and shingle roof on the new shed, and to replace these with metal. This second order, issued to secure compliance with the city ordinance, was obeyed by the owner. In another recent case involving the same situation, a property owner was in the process of erecting a frame garage inside the fire limits of the city, in the rear of his mercantile establishment. After investigation, the state fire marshal ordered the frame part of the new building replaced with metal, which order was complied with by the owner. The state fire marshal law gives the department power to enforce the ordinances of the several cities and towns in Indiana dealing with the prevention of fires and with the storage of combustibles and explosives. This power has been invoked to protect patrons of motion picture shows from fire hazard connected with the handling of inflammable picture films.