Metal Roofs Posing Problems For County Firefighters

MAYVILLE – Two recent fires in Chautauqua County involving metal roofs have raised a potential problem for area firefighters.

In fact, fire officials say the durable material used in roofing is becoming more common as residents turn to alternative options.

However, as highlighted with recent blazes in Sinclairville and Westfield, metal roofs – most of which are advertised as flame resistant – are making it harder to fight fires.

“There certainly is a challenge for firefighters with the metal roofs,” said Julius Leone, Chautauqua County fire coordinator. “These roofs are becoming more common, which they used to be years ago. There has been a trend to go back to more of them.”

A complete story will be published in Tuesday’s edition of The Post-Journal.