I don’t remember what supports the upper portion of that 2x8 and I don’t have a photo of it. As best as I can describe, that roof a big hip style roof with gable wall at the upper portions of each of the 4 hip planes. I am a friend of the people who bought this house, so I’ll be able to get more photos as a later date, and I will get a copy of the blueprints and see what was actually done as opposed to what the blueprints called for.
I attached a few other photos of the same home, and I got the fire marshal to read portions of my report, and he agreed to the dangers posed by this chimney. Keep in mind that this is all new construction, but in Texas a contractor has no education requirements, and anyone with the filing fee can become one.
And feel free to post any comments about the other photos
#1, Brick window sill level to ground (poor drainage for window)
#2, ZERO clearance between siding and roof shingles (rot possible)
#3, No apron flashing, (high possibility that a leak will develop)
#4, No chimney cap, and metal flue exited below top course of brick, (CO poisoning possibility) Fire marshal agrees
#5, The 2x4 purlins were not 4 ft OC.
This home had NO weepholes in brick exterior, and had many places of negative grade to foundation. There was a beer can stuffed in drier vent, (fire hazard) Hot water to right handle on 60% of all fixtures. Less then 12” to clearance of covered incandescent lights in closets (should be 12” min)… and it went on and on and on…. I spent nearly 7 hours inspecting this home.