Monday, October 7, 2013

MA Fire Chief Renews His Rant about Modular Homes

Just when you thought it was safe to send a modular home to Massachusetts, Kevin Gallagher, the publicity seeking volunteer fire chief that caused quite a problem for our industry is at it again.

He just wrote an article for Fire Engineering that shows that even though he admits that the fire that started "his entire 15 minutes of fame" was set by the homeowner himself, he just can't stand to not be in the limelight again.
While standing in front of a burning two-story residence in 2008, I never imagined that the fire consuming the home would ignite so much interest in a topic that I (and the rest of the fire service) knew very little about. The fire was in a prefabricated (modular) structure and caused by an improperly discarded cigarette. Despite our department’s best efforts, the structure was a complete loss. Truth is, we never had a chance to save it.
 The results of our research to learn about the methods of construction used by the modular industry were the subject of a May 2009 article in Fire Engineering.1 What we continue to learn as well as our efforts at addressing this topic’s serious flaws are the topics of a feature article in the October 2013 issue.  (Kevin Galagher)

Here is his entire article:

Modular Concern: Do We Have a Problem?

 Related articles from Modular Home Builder blog:

Fire Chief on Anti-Modular Bandwagon Again. March '11
Misinformed Fire Chief - 1; Entire Building Industry - 0  April '11

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