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(a) If a fire official, upon an examination or inspection, finds a building or other structure which, for want of proper repair or by reason of age and dilapidated condition, defective or poorly installed electrical wiring and equipment, defective chimneys, gas connections or heating apparatus, or for any other reason, is especially liable to fire or endangers life or other buildings or property, he or she shall order such building or structure to be repaired, torn down or demolished, or materials to be removed, and all dangerous conditions remedied, and he or she may issue a citation therefor. If the fire official determines that the continued use or operation of any equipment, appliance, machinery or process poses a clear and present fire hazard and an unreasonable hazard to life or property, then, until a hearing on a citation can be had, he or she may, in addition to issuing a citation, place a tag prominently upon such equipment, appliance or machinery, or prominently near where any process subject to the order is being conducted, ordering that such equipment, appliance, machinery or process not be used, operated or conducted until the citation is heard or until repairs specified on the citation are completed, inspected and approved by the fire official. The tag shall bear the date on which it is placed as specified herein, the signature of the fire official, a statement that the order thereon is effective immediately and notice that failure to abide by the order is a criminal violation of this Fire Prevention Code and subject to prosecution. It shall be a violation of this Fire Prevention Code for anyone to use or operate or allow to be used or operated such equipment, appliance or machinery, or conduct or allow to be conducted such process contrary to the order of the fire official appearing on such tag.
(Ord. 20-1988. Passed 4-25-88.)
(b) If the fire official finds in a building or upon any premises any combustible or explosive materials, rubbish, rags, waste, oils or gasoline, or inflammable conditions of any kind, which are especially dangerous to the safety of persons or such building, premises or property, he or she shall order such materials to be removed or the conditions to be remedied, and he or she may issue a citation therefor.
(c) If the fire official finds that any building, structure, tank, container or vehicle used for the storage, handling or transportation of flammable or combustible liquids, or of liquefied petroleum gas, or the pumps, piping, valves, wiring and materials used in connection therewith, are especially dangerous to the safety of persons or such building, structure, tank, container or vehicle, he or she shall order such condition remedied, and he or she may issue a citation therefor.
(d) The fire official may proceed, on a citation issued under this section, to seek enforcement by use of the procedures established in this Fire Prevention Code.
(Ord. 28-1987. Passed 5-11-87.)