(A)   In the event that the town does not have an interlocal agreement with another unit of local government providing for fire inspections and related services for the town, the Town Manager may direct the Fire Chief to assume the function of Fire Inspector.  As such, he (or his designated agent) shall have authority to enter any and all premises, at a reasonable time, for purposes of inspection.  When reasonably possible, the Chief will notify the owner of property to be inspected of his intention to inspect the property, and the time and date of the inspection.  The notice shall be in writing and sent to the owner by registered or certified mail.
   (B)   Routine inspections.  He shall make annual inspections of all structures located within the fire district.
   (C)   Inspections upon complaint.  He shall, upon receipt of a complaint forthwith investigate.
   (D)   He shall investigate the causes of fires and shall keep records of his findings as to origin, location, owner, extent of damage and injury, and amount of insurance carried.  The findings must be reported to the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner at regular intervals.
   (E)   He shall cause the removal of fire hazards by serving proper orders to the owner or agent of premises in question; the orders to state a reasonable time limit.  Failure to comply with the order shall be considered a misdemeanor.
('76 Code § 3-2003)  (Am. Ord. passed 12-5-16)