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December 16, 2016
Toronto Fire Services enforces Ontario Fire Code violations
Charges for Ontario Fire Code violations have been laid against the owner of a Toronto rooming house where a fire caused significant injuries to a firefighter and minor injuries to two occupants.

Toronto Fire Services was called to a three-alarm, multi-unit residential fire at 31 Alma Ave. (441 Dufferin St.) at 9 a.m. on October 11. Two occupants escaped from a second floor window and sustained minor injuries, while a firefighter became trapped and was seriously injured.

Due to the injuries and significant fire damage, an investigation was conducted by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and Toronto Fire Services.

Toronto fire prevention staff conducted a post-fire inspection to determine compliance with the Ontario Fire Code. A number of Fire Code violations were noted, including:
• breaches in fire separations
• multiple fire doors did not close and latch
• smoke alarms were not installed and maintained, and
• the building did not have an approved fire safety plan.

Toronto Fire Services has laid charges in Provincial Offences Court against the registered owner of the house, Celia Gilda Gomez.

Gomez was previously convicted in Provincial Offences Court in 2015 for violations of the Fire Code in the same building and was fined $14,000.

Violations of the Fire Code pose a serious risk to the occupants of buildings and to responding firefighters, and charges can be initiated in Provincial Offences Court. The penalties for Fire Code violations run up to $50,000 and/or a year in jail for individuals and up to $100,000 for a corporation.

Toronto Fire Services will continue to work to reduce risk through fire prevention and by enforcement directed at owners who fail to meet the Ontario Fire Code and jeopardize the safety of the public and responding firefighters. Fire Services is committed to ensuring that appropriate measures are taken by property owners to achieve fire safety through compliance with the Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

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