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Police warn against phony fire inspectors

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake Tahoe police have issued a warning to local businesses concerning a company called “National Fire & Safety Inspection Co,” which may be performing unlicensed fire inspections in the area.

In February 2010 two men wearing official-looking uniforms entered a business near the “Y” and told employees they were there to conduct a mandatory fire inspection, said Lt. David Stevenson in a statement.

The men completed an “inspection” and sent the business a bill for several hundred dollars, Stevenson said.

The business did not pay the bill and contacted the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department for more information.

While the case is still under investigation, it appears the men are attempting to scam local businesses by arriving unannounced, performing unauthorized inspections and billing the company, Stevenson said.

There are legitimate companies that service fire alarms, but business owners should already know their alarm service providers and be expecting service or inspections, Stevenson said.

Local fire inspections are conducted by South Lake Tahoe Fire Marshall Ray Zachau.

Police encourage owners or employees to confirm a fire inspection service has been requested if “fire inspectors” show up to conduct an inspection. If there is a doubt regarding the legitimacy of a fire inspection contact Zachau at (530) 542-6160 or the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department at (530) 542-6160.

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