More than $11,000 in fines handed out for fire code violations in Welland
Welland Tribune

Fines have been handed out for the owners of two King Street addresses in Welland for not complying with the Ontario Fire Code.

On June 17, 2019, Welland Fire and Emergency Services responded to 260 King St. for a fire safety complaint.

Fire prevention officers discovered the former bar vacant and a rooming house was occupied above.

Several “significant” deficiencies were found and the fire department issued an inspection order to the property owner to correct these deficiencies.

On Jan. 7, 2020, a re-inspection found that the property owner had not corrected any of the deficiencies during this inspection, the city said in a news release Monday.

Last week, the former corporate ownership was convicted in Provincial Offences Court and fined $6,500 plus court costs, pursuant to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

The property was subject to an “immediate threat to life” action taken by the fire department in June, which vacated the property of all occupants and disconnected utilities due to further egregious fire safety issues discovered on the site.

In a separate matter, on June 9, firefighters attended a property at 168 West Main St. to respond to a fire safety complaint. The two-unit residential dwelling was occupied and there were no working smoke or carbon monoxide alarms installed in either unit.

Fire prevention officers installed the required alarms in both units.

Last week, the property owner was convicted in Provincial Offences Court for failing to install a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm and was fined $5,000 plus court costs.


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