Should Boston Crack Down on Illegal Deck Grills?
How can Boston identify and remove illegal grills before disaster strikes?
A South End roof deck caught fire Thursday night, causing billowing smoke and snarled traffic in the neighborhood. An illegal grill on the roof deck caused the fire, according to the Boston Fire Department. It was the second illegal grill fire in two days; the department put out a Roslindale blaze Wednesday.
Spotting illegal grills is difficult from street level, but Bostonians in taller buildings know which neighbors have the contraband cookers and which don't.
Here are the city's rules for grills. Mostly they prohibit charcoal grills on any structure and place limits on gas grills.
What can Boston do to crack down on illegal grills? Are you willing to rat out your neighbors in the name of safety?
Or do you own a rooftop grill? Why do you keep the grill if it's a fire hazard?
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[Editor's note: This piece is posted on all Boston Patches.]