FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 31, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Ed Melanson, Fire Chief
TELEPHONE: 905.871.1600 ext. 2600
The Fort Erie Fire Department attended the property 1500 Stevensville Road to follow-up on a complaint. During the inspection, Fire Prevention Inspectors identified several fire safety issues on the property. To remedy these issues, Inspectors issued an Inspection Order pursuant to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA) which legally directed the property owner to make certain repairs on the property to eliminate the fire safety issues. The Inspection Order requires a property owner to make repairs within a prescribed time period.
Efforts were made to work with the property owner to bring the property to compliance. Unfortunately, following the prescribed time period the necessary repairs were not completed. Accordingly, the Fire Prevention Inspector initiated a prosecution against the property owner for failing to comply with an Inspection Order. On Wednesday, July 19, 2017 the property owner was fined $1750 plus victim fine surcharge and court costs in accordance with the FPPA following a guilty plea.
The Ontario Fire Code has numerous requirements for fire safety in many different types of occupancies. Fire Prevention Inspectors are legally obligated to ensure property owners maintain their properties in accordance with those requirements. The Fire Department will endeavor to work with property owners to achieve compliance on their properties. However, if compliance is not achieved within a reasonable time period despite the leniency of the Fire Department a prosecution will result.
The Fort Erie Fire Department reminds residents that contraventions of the Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act will not be tolerated.