Welland property owner convicted, fined $8,000 for Ontario Fire Code violations
Welland Tribune


The owner of an Ontario Road building in Welland has been convicted and fined for Ontario Fire Code violations.

In 2019, Welland Fire and Emergency Services fire prevention officers inspected 35 Ontario Rd., between Canal Bank and Iron streets, and found numerous missing and non-operational smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

The building is home to two commercial businesses on the first floor and four residential apartments on the second.

The fire service said, due to the conditions found and the risks posed to residents, it initiated prosecution against the unnamed property owner and a corporate director.

Last week in Provincial Offences Court, the owner was fined $8,000, a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge and court costs under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

Fire Chief Adam Eckhart said it’s unfortunate it came to this point.

“I’d prefer to see that money spent on the care and upkeep of the building,” he said, adding enforcement is the last step when it comes to compliance with the fire code.

With the conviction and fine, the property owner must comply with inspection orders and fix building deficiencies.

“It’s an ongoing file,” said Eckhart about the Ontario Road property, adding there could be more charges if the owner fails to comply.

He said, if tenants or property owners have questions or concerns about the building they are in, they can contact the fire service for help.

“Our fire prevention officers are happy to attend a property and provide an inspection or consultation.”

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