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Building owner fined $7,500 along with probation time

HAMILTON, ON – The registered owner of a two-storey building occupied by ten residential rooms located at 26 Thorndale Crescent, Hamilton, was convicted after pleading guilty in Provincial Offences Court on November 19, 2019.

The conviction was in regard to obstructing an Assistant to the Fire Marshal from exercising their duties. In this case the owner received a fine of $7,500 and eighteen months of probation.         

To hinder, obstruct or interfere with an Assistant to the Fire Marshal while exercising his or her powers and duties is guilty of an offence under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act Section 28(1)(a).

If building owners have any questions regarding the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Ontario Fire Code or any other fire safety matters, they are encouraged to contact the Fire Prevention Division of the Hamilton Fire Department at 905 546-2424 ext. 1380, weekdays between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Additional fire safety information can also be found at www.hamilton.ca/fire.  

“It is expected that owners/operators will work with their local fire officials to ensure their building remains safe. Preventing an Assistant to the Fire Marshal from exercising their powers and duties is a chargeable offence”. - Peter deBoer, Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Hamilton Fire Department