It shall be the duty of the Chief of the Fire Department to inspect or cause to be inspected as often as may be necessary all buildings and premises except the interior of private dwellings for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire, or any violations of the provisions of this chapter.
Whenever any such inspector shall find in any building or upon any premises combustible waste material or explosive matter, which is so situated as to endanger property, or shall find in any building or structure obstructions to or on fire escapes, stairs, passageways, doors or windows liable to interfere with the operations of the Fire Department or egress of occupants in case of fire, the inspector may order the same to be removed or remedied.
Whenever any such inspector shall find any building or other structure that, for want of repairs, lack of sufficient fire escapes, automatic or other fire alarm apparatus, or fire extinguishing equipment, or by reason of age or dilapidated conditions, or from any other cause, is especially liable to cause or support fire and which is so situated as to endanger other property or the occupants thereof, and whenever such inspector shall find in any building combustible waste material, explosive matter or flammable conditions dangerous to the safety of such building or the occupants thereof, the inspector may order such dangerous conditions or materials to be removed or remedied.
If in any existing building or structure because of its use or occupancy additional exits are required or repairs to existing exits are necessary or where repairs to any structural part of such building or structure are required, the inspector will notify the Building Inspector who may reinspect such building or structure, thereafter instituting the proper remedies as may be required.
The Chief of the Fire Department is hereby empowered to order compliance with the regulations of this chapter and all other lawful orders or laws relating to fire prevention and fire protection in all existing buildings and structures. Further, the Chief of the Fire Department is hereby empowered to close any building or structure and order it vacated whenever violations of any of the regulations of this chapter are found and are not corrected within the time stipulated by the Chief or the chief's authorized representative. Where the public is exposed to immediate danger, the Chief is hereby empowered to order the closing and vacating of the building at once. This section shall apply to all buildings, structures and premises in the Village of Fox Point.
The Fire Chief and the chief's designees are authorized to issue citations for violations of this chapter.
Any orders shall be provided in writing to the occupant and owner of the premises. In case the owner or occupant of the premises cannot be found, such written order shall be affixed in a conspicuous place on the entrance door to such building or structure or on the premises. Thereafter, a copy of such order shall be mailed to the owner or occupant addressed to their last known post office address. It shall be unlawful for any person to remove such affixed notice without the written consent of the Fire Chief.
Any such order shall forthwith be complied with by the owner and occupant of such building, structure, or premises. The owner or occupant may within 24 hours appeal to the Fire Chief for a review of such order, and who shall thereafter as soon as possible file his decision. Unless such order is revoked or modified by the Chief of the Fire Department, it shall remain in full force and be complied with within the time fixed in said order.
The Chief of the Fire Department, or any fire inspector, may, at all reasonable hours, enter any public buildings, public structures, or enter upon any public premises or portions thereof, for the purpose of routine preventative inspections, in order to ascertain whether conditions exist which are liable to cause fire, or whether any violation of any law or order relating to fire hazards or fire prevention exists or has occurred. The owner, agent, or occupant of any such public premises who refuses to permit or prevents or interferes with any entry into or upon the public premises by such fire inspector, or interferes with any such fire inspection, shall be deemed guilty of violating this section.
The Chief of the Fire Department, or any fire inspector, may, at all reasonable hours, enter any buildings, structures, premises or areas in the Village of Fox Point, or portions thereof, with the consent of the owner or the owner's authorized agent, for the purpose of routine preventative inspection, in order to ascertain whether conditions exist which are liable to cause fire or whether any violation of any law or order relating to fire hazards or prevention of fires exists or has occurred. No consent is needed in case of an emergency.
Without consent, and in cases other than emergencies, the Chief of the Fire Department, or in the chief's absence, the officer in charge of said department, shall obtain a warrant from the Municipal Judge of the Municipal Court of the Village of Fox Point, or from any judge of a court of record in Milwaukee County, prior to entering any building, structure, or premises or any portion thereof, other than those portions open to the public, in accordance with § 66.0119, Wis. Stats., for the purpose of inspection as referred to in Subsection B hereof.
The Fire Department may investigate the origin and cause and circumstances of fires occurring in the Village by which property has been destroyed or damaged and, so far as possible, determine whether the fire is the result of arson, carelessness, or design. Such investigations may begin immediately upon the occurrence of such a fire, and if it appears to the officer making such an investigation that such fire is of suspicious origin, the Chief of the Fire Department shall be immediately notified of the facts. The Chief shall notify the proper authorities designated by law to pursue the investigation of such matters and shall further cooperate with the authorities in the collection of evidence and in the prosecution of the case. A member of the Fire Investigation Team in charge of such fire shall file a written report of damage associated with every fire in a timely manner. It shall contain a statement of all facts relating to the origin and cause and circumstances of such fire and other information as may be required.
The Village Attorney and any other department of the Village, upon request of the Fire Chief, shall assist in the investigation of any fire that, in the chief's opinion, is of suspicious origin.
The Fire Chief or officers in command at any fire are hereby vested with full and complete police authority. Any officer of the Fire Department may cause the arrest of any person failing to give the right-of-way to the Fire Department in responding to a fire.
The Fire Chief or officers in command may prescribe certain limits in the vicinity of any fire within which no persons, excepting fire fighters and police officers and those admitted by order of any officer of the Department, shall be permitted to enter.
The Fire Chief or officers in command shall have the power to cause the removal of any property whenever it is deemed necessary and prudent for the preservation of such property or to prevent the spread of fire or to protect any adjoining property. During the progress of any fire, they shall have the power to cause the removal of all wires or other facilities and the turning off of all electricity or other services where the same impedes the work of the Department during the progress of a fire.