While analysts continue to argue about whether or not the dip in housing sales in the first two months of 2014 is weather-related or not, it might be helpful to step back and take a look at the last few years to gain some perspective about where the market may be heading.
Architect sentenced to a year in jail for firefighter's death
Outdoor fireplace hidden inside violated local building codes
Architect Gerhard Becker was sentenced to a year in Los Angeles county jail after pleading no contest to the manslaughter of a firefighter who died while trying to contain a fire in a home the architect had designed for himself. The fire began in one of four fireplaces that had been manufactured for outdoor use but hidden within the house itself—a violation of local building codes. The flames then melted a water pipe that leaked thousands of gallons of water into a ceiling above the heads of firefighters. The ceiling collapsed, crushing a firefighter who died the next day of his injuries.
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