Boone to revise primary fire district
by Anna Oakes
Buildings of wood or other flammable materials to be constructed or altered in the downtown Boone area will require a permit from the town of Boone with the forthcoming revision of a primary fire district map.
The Boone Town Council is set to adopt an ordinance next month establishing a primary fire district in an area from Straight Street east to College Street and from Queen Street south to Rivers Street.
Incorporated cities are required to establish a primary fire district by N.C. General Statutes §160A‑435. Regardless, the council will hold a public hearing to educate the public on the district during its regular monthly meeting in December.
Boone Fire Chief Jimmy Isaacs said the ordinance to be adopted next month is a revision of a primary fire district map created in 1983.
In the primary fire district, no frame or wooden building, structure or addition can be erected, altered, repaired or moved without a permit from the town Planning & Inspections Department, which must be approved by the town council and the Department of Insurance.
Primary fire districts are to include the "principal business portions" of a city and are established to prevent the rapid spread of fire between structures in close proximity to one another.
"This is only aimed at those specific structures that are of the greatest fire risk," said Todd Miller, a building inspector for the town of Boone.
Miller said that the only types of construction affected by the primary fire district are those of Type V construction as described in the North Carolina Building Code.
With types of construction categorized from Type I to V with Type I having the highest fire resistance ratings, Type V construction is rated as having the lowest level of fire resistance for structure elements, exterior walls and interior walls of any materials permitted by the state building code.