Metal roofs installed atop asphalt layers can make firefighting more difficult, according to Chautauqua County, N.Y., fire officials. The additional, tougher material makes it harder for firefighters to cut through a roof, said Julius Leone, the county's fire coordinator. "Tin roofs hold in the heat. A normal shingle roof would burn through a lot quicker. When crews go inside with a tin roof, it's a lot hotter. We have saws to cut through it, but it is harder," said Stephen Pacanowski, fire chief of Westfield, N.Y.
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