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Smoke Alarm Tickets Issued to Tenants


April 4, 2008 - The Thunder Bay Fire/Rescue Service has issued a $235 ticket to the tenant of a Prescott Crescent residence as the result of a fire that occurred in early last month. Arriving fire crews encountered a fully involved second floor bedroom that resulted in a second alarm being called in. Residents were able to safely exit the building and there were no injuries. Fire crews observed that there were no smoke alarms in the residence.

If this fire had occurred during the night when the residents were asleep, the consequences could have been fatal according to Director of Fire Prevention Brian Berringer. The public must understand that smoke alarms are a life safety device, and they are required by law. Anyone not meeting Fire Code requirements for smoke alarms on every level and outside of all sleeping areas will be ticketed.

In a separate incident a Brock Street tenant has been ticketed for disabling the smoke alarm in an apartment. An electrically wired in smoke alarm was found disabled rendering it useless, during a routine fire inspection. In a multi-unit dwelling you are putting yourself and your neighbors at risk when you tamper with or fail to ensure your smoke alarm is working. So far this year, there have been 36 fire related fatalities in the Province which is unacceptable, says Director Berringer. The Fire/Rescue Service will continue to enforce all aspects of the Fire Code and will issue fines where warranted.

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Contact: Chief John Hay, Thunder Bay Fire & Rescue Service, 625-2101