Landlord found guilty of Ontario Fire Code Violation   

BRANTFORD, ON – On Tuesday, November 22, 2016 in Provincial Court owner/landlord Charles Bacon pled guilty at trial for violating the Ontario Fire Code and was fined $2000.00 plus cost and victim surcharge.

The violations were discovered during a Brantford Fire Department response to a structure fire at 15 Locks Road on August 16, 2016.  The fire crews arrived at the scene of a kitchen fire on the main floor of a duplex.  The fire was extinguished and a fire investigation began.

During the investigation of the origin, cause and circumstances of the fire, two fire code violations were noted; the smoke alarm on the main floor had been disabled, and no smoke alarm was installed on the basement level as required by the Ontario Fire Code.

The fire was confined to the kitchen area; however, the smoke damage was throughout the main floor. The smoke alarms maintained in operating condition provide early warning that save lives and in this case, could have saved property damage.  “Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are in operating condition,” Said FPO Michael Owen.  “Smoke alarms are required to be replaced after 10 years.”

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Michael Owen


Fire Prevention Officer

Fire Prevention Division

Brantford Fire Department