Ann Arbor officials plan to start cracking down on upholstered furniture on porches, saying it can be a deadly fire threat.
The University of Michigan campus town has a long tradition of couches on the front porches of student rental housing. Fires that started on porches have been blamed on a number of house blazes, including one in April that killed a 22-year-old Eastern Michigan University student.
Ann Arbor enacted a ban on upholstered furniture on porches about a month ago, and officials tell WXYZ-TV that a grace period for enforcement has now ended.
Authorities plan to issue warning tickets and to cite those who don't comply. The penalty can be up to $1,000, plus the cost to the city of removing the furniture.