I am being told that the secondary egress from upper floors of my building is inadequate. We have a three story, six unit apartment building with two apartments per each floor. The building is approximately 80-90 years old. The secondary egress is a wooden fire escape / exterior stair accessible from rear windows.
We are being told that because the escape is wooden and is not noncombustible material, this form of secondary egress does not comply with NFPA 101 life safety code. I am trying to clarify online but can't seem to get a direct answer. To put this into perspective, we are being told this by our insurance carrier; not the city - who has never mentioned it.
We also have a four story (brick) building with eight apartments; same layout, two per floor. This building has a wooden fire escape as well. When this building is inspected next, I am assuming to hear the same thing.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.