Macon County Chronicle

Hollis Apartments Cited for 11 Safety Code Violations by Deputy Fire Marshal

The State of Tennessee Fire Prevention Codes Enforcement Office recently made a general inspection of apartments owned by Red Boiling Springs Mayor Kenneth Hollis, after a life safety complaint was filed regarding several apartment buildings owned by Hollis.  The inspection, completed on July 23, 2010, included apartments located on Wendell Lane and McClure Street in Red Boiling Springs, and according to the report, several safety issues were discovered by Deputy State Fire Marshal Larry Hutchinson. It was also stated in the report that Hollis said he was never aware he had to submit construction plans to the State Fire Marshal’s Office and that ‘there were no inspections of construction by anyone.’ Hollis also told the inspector he had no architectural plans when he constructed the buildings.

The notes made by the inspector on July 23rd  are as follows:

Spoke with person making complaint he stated that he had life safety concerns with several apartment buildings constructed by Kenneth Hollis in Red Boiling Springs, TN.  He said that Mr. Hollis had constructed a six unit two story, an eight unit two story and a twelve unit two story that he had concerns for. He also said that Mr. Hollis had converted an old building downtown into a four-unit two-story apartment. The six, eight and 12-unit apartments are all located at the Wendell Lane address. They were all constructed in the same manner.

I meet with owner/contractor Mr. Kenneth Hollis and looked at two-story 12-unit apartment building Type VI construction built in 2008.  This is a building that would require review through the State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Owner Kenneth Hollis said he was unaware that he needed to submit plans through our office when constructing this building. He also said he did not have any architectural plans when he constructed this building. There were no inspections of construction by anyone.

Each apartment has inner connected smoke alarms in sleeping rooms and outside sleeping rooms as required by State law. 

There is no one-hour tenant separation as required by 1996 SBC 704.3.1.

No rated floor ceiling assembly as required by 1996 SBC Table 600. 

There are no fire hydrants within 500’ (2002 NFPA 24 2.7.1). 

No draft stopping in attic (1996 SBC 2305.2.3). 

No fire blocking (1996 SBC 2305.1.1). 

No alarm system (2003 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 30.3.4). 

Exit access corridor in four lower units not rated (2003 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 30.3.6).

No emergency lighting in exit access corridor (2003 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 30.2.9).  No exit signs in exit access corridor (2003 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 30.2.10). 

Lower interior apartments do not have two exits in all sleeping areas (2003 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 

There is no electrical certification on meter box.                                                              

I have referenced the 2006 SBC, NFPA Life Safety Code 101 and NFPA 24 these are the codes we had adopted when this building was constructed.