Metal roofs can complicate firefighters' jobs, fire officials say

01/8/2013 | Observer (Dunkirk, N.Y.), The

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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