[Adopted 12-10-1979 by Ord. No. 440 as Secs. 10-22 to 10-26 of the 1979 Code]
Note: For state law as to the maximum storage of petroleum oils with high flash point, see R.I.G.L. § 23-36-8.
Before licenses may be issued for the keeping, storage, use, manufacture, sale, handling or other disposition of highly flammable or explosive materials and rubbish, crude petroleum or any of its products, the Chief of the Fire Department, the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, or inspectors shall inspect and approve the receptacles, vehicles, buildings or storage places to be used for any such purpose.
No person shall place or deposit in or upon any premises any flammable materials which increase the danger of fire to the premises upon which they are placed or deposited or increases the danger or spread of fire to adjacent property or to the occupants of the same, either by reason of the amount or quantity placed or deposited, or by reason of the manner and method in which they are placed or deposited.
No person shall place or deposit at or upon any premises any flammable, combustible or explosive materials, waste or rubbish or accumulations thereof which increase the danger of fire to such premises or increase the danger of fire or the spread of fire to adjacent property or to the occupants of the same.
The Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention may, in writing, order every owner, lessee, occupant or any person having charge of the premises to remove such materials, waste, or rubbish or accumulations thereof from such premises within three days from receipt of such order. If any person shall fail, neglect or refuse to remove such materials, waste or rubbish in compliance with the order, the Chief shall cause the same to be removed.
In case such flammable, combustible or explosive materials, waste or rubbish shall not be removed within three days from the receipt of the order permitted by § 172-25, the Chief shall remove the same from such premises, and he shall thereupon cause notice in writing of the cost and expense of such removal to be given to such owner, lessee, occupant or person in charge of such premises, and he shall also certify the amount thereof to the Director of Finance, and if such cost and expense shall not be paid by the person to whom such notice is directed within 30 days, recovery of the same may be had in an action of the cause brought by the Director of Finance against such owner, lessee, occupant or person in charge of the premises.
The Town shall have a lien on any materials removed until the cost and the expense of removing same shall be paid. If the same shall not be paid within six months, then such materials may be sold by the Director of Finance at public or private sale after first advertising at least once in any newspaper published in the county.