It shall be the duty of the Chief of the Fire Department to inspect or cause to be inspected by Fire Department Officers or members, as often as may be necessary, but not less than twice a year in outlying districts and four (4) times a year in the closely built portions of the City, all buildings, premises and public thoroughfares, except the interiors of private dwellings, for the purpose of and causing to be corrected any condition liable to cause fire, or any violations of the provisions or intent of any ordinance of the City affecting the fire hazard.

(R.O. 1965, Sec. 5-201)

Whenever any officer or member shall find in any building or upon any premises or other place, combustible or explosive matter, or any unnecessary accumulation of rubbish, waste paper, boxes, shavings or any other highly inflammable material especially liable to fire and which is so situated as to endanger property, or shall find obstructions to or on fire escapes, stair passageways, doors or windows, liable to interfere with the operations of the Fire Department, or egress of occupants, in case of fire, he shall order the same to be removed or remedied, and such order shall forthwith be complied with by the owner or occupant of such premises or buildings, subject to appeal within twenty-four (24) hours to the Mayor, who shall, within ten (10) days, review such order and file his decision thereon, and unless the order is revoked or modified, it shall remain in full force and be obeyed by such owner or occupant. Any owner or occupant failing to comply with such order within ten (10) days after said appeal shall have been determined, or, if no appeal is taken, then within ten (10) days after the service of the said order, shall be liable to a penalty as hereinafter stated.

(R.O. 1965, Sec. 5-202)

The service of any such order shall be made upon the owner or occupant of the premises to whom it is directed by either delivering a true copy of same to such occupant personally or by delivering the same to and leaving it with any person in charge of the premises, or in case no such person is found upon the premises, by affixing a copy thereof in a conspicuous place on the door to the entrance of the said premises. Whenever it may be necessary to serve such an order upon the owner or occupant of the premises, such order may be served either by delivering to and leaving with the said person a true copy of the said order, or if such owner is absent from the jurisdiction of the officer making the order, by mailing such copy to the owner’s last known post office address.

(R.O. 1965, Sec. 5-203)

Any person, firm or corporation failing to do any of the things that are herein commanded to be done or violating any of the provisions of this Article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than Twenty-five Dollars ($25) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500), for each offense, and each and every day that any of the terms, conditions, or provisions of this article are not complied with shall be considered a separate offense.

(R.O. 1965, Sec. 5-204)