When a Warsaw, N.C. firefighter fell through a roof during a Sunday residential fire, it prompted the chief to take a closer look at how the roof was built. And after doing so, he’s warning other fire departments to beware.
What they found was a roof built with 3/8-inch or less plywood supported by rafters 24 inches apart. The code calls for a minimum 5/8-inch thickness.
“We want to get the word out to other firefighters in this area to be extremely cautious of these roofs,” Chief Blackmore told WNCT. “Pay attention to them especially under fire conditions. Know that these roofs can deteriorate very rapidly.”
The firefighter who fell through the roof was not injured. Chief Blackmore says he’s sharing this close call to help other departments avoid a situation that may not end so well.