WESTFIELD, N.Y. — Metal roofs are becoming more popular with rural homes, but they could pose a dangerous firefighting hazard.
Volunteer firefighters in Westfield were just the latest first responders hampered by a metal roof. The first problem: they didn't know they were dealing with a tin roof until they actually were on top of it, which lead to a few anxious moments.
Westfield Fire Chief Steve Pacanowski says the home on Cottage Street had a metal roof that was installed over layers of asphalt shingles. The roof held the heat in, leading to a close call for firefighters inside.
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