The fire ordinance in Helena, Mont., that required the use of fire-resistant shingles has been struck down by a district judge. The issue stemmed from a case where the city cited one of its residents who was installing new, wooden shingles on his roof. Attorney Scott Svee argued that the city has no authority to enforce the code unless it is certified by the Department of Labor and Industry, to which District Judge Kathy Seeley agreed. The city is expected to appeal the ruling.
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