Cleveland establishes a fire district for downtown

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The Cleveland Board of Aldermen has designated the downtown area as a fire district, in an area where many old buildings are susceptible to fire due to their wooden frames and combustible materials. Now that the area is in a fire district, new construction will have to have exteriors made out of noncombustible materials. Current buildings can stay as they are, but if renovations are made to more than 50-percent of the structure, some portions will have to be made compliant. Board members say they were looking to prevent a scenario under which a fire could easily jump from one building to the next.


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