I think I saved some lives today. I received a call this morning at the office. The lady on the other end of the phone, ask if I can come out and look at her stove? She tells me it smells funny. I tell her that Most of my inspections require permits and I take her number. I look into the files and find no permit for a wood stove installation. So I call her back and inform here there is no permit and policy requires a permit before inspection. I put her on hold and discuss the situation with my commissioner. He agrees I should look into it. Back on the phone I tell the lady I will be there in a half hour. I called the deputy fire chief and request he meet me at the home. ( I had a feeling I should have another witness) As soon as I opened the door I got that smell (you know when your stove tells you it is over firing) The husband bought a cheap box Volzsang box stove and vented it with single wall pipe through the roof. Since Sunday the husband had been running the stove and the wife tells me it smelled funny. He had loaded it up before he went to work this morning. When I walked into the room, it still had a dull red glow even the pipe was glowing. No hearth pad about a foot from the wall and black charred look at the ceiling where the single wall pipe passed through. The fire chief and I looked at each other in total diss belief. The fire chief calls the station to send a fireman to stand watch, till the stove burned down. This is the 5th condemned stove this fall. I demanded its removal. Side note: Many Volzsang box stoves are not UL listed. They actually disclose this in there manual. They cannot be installed in habitable spaces. Why, read above. Poor air control, no door gasketing easily over fired. What surprised me, is the wife thanked me and the fire chief.