Column: Rain roofs can make fires harder to extinguish

10/19/2011 | Fire Engineering

Roof overlaps and rain roofs -- where a new roof is erected over the existing one -- can make fires more difficult to stop because they hinder firefighters from detecting the source of the blaze, writes Bill Gustin, captain of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. They hamper firefighting because they block the passage of water, cause flames to spread further or cause fires to restart, Gustin notes.

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