By Janelle Stecklein And Cimaron Neugebauer
The Salt Lake Tribune
Plan and train for unconventional living quarters
By Adam K. Thiel
I wish I could say that I'm surprised by this story, but I'm not.
In addition to being increasingly concerned about people living in otherwise vacant residential buildings, now we must also worry about the risks of people living in improvised structures, self-storage units, commercial/retail properties, and pretty much anywhere else you can imagine.
My own department recently fought a fire in what was once a large "urban" chicken coop (something we're also seeing more of) that was being illegally used as a dwelling unit for several people. Once you add carpet remnants and cast-off furnishings to any wooden structure of any kind, you can have a substantial fire load and a definite life-safety and exposure problem.
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Several people's efforts to cut costs apparently reached new lows recently after South Salt Lake police discovered they had set up house inside several storage units.
And while their alleged set up inside the storage units located at 3202 S. Davis Drive was apparently quite elaborate — complete with heaters, air conditioners, beds, recliners and electronics — the occupants couldn't figure out a rig an indoor plumbing system.
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