A historic home was destroyed by fire yesterday in Kingsville, Maryland, according to news reports.
There are numerous response factors fire departments must consider when responding to fires in homes that were built many decades earlier.
Old houses were built to last and can withstand fires a little bit longer than most conventional construction, but there are plenty of hazards for which you need to be aware, writes Alex Langbell.
Many municipalities require the installation of smoke detectors in new homes and apartments, but Farmers Branch, Texas, a Dallas suburb, has passed a smoke detector ordinance that is retroactive under certain circumstances. It requires the installation of smoke detectors not only in all new residential occupancies, but also in existing homes upon a chance of occupancy or ownership, or after repairs or additions exceeding $500 in value.