Port Col­borne res­i­dent fined $750 for dis­abling smoke alarm

The Welland Tribune - - NEWS -

The ten­ant of a Port Col­borne apart­ment build­ing has been fined $750 af­ter plead­ing guilty to dis­abling a smoke alarm to make it in­op­er­a­ble. On July 2 at 45 Vic­to­ria St., the day of the fire, Port Col­borne Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Chief Tom Cartwright told The Tri­bune there were no work­ing smoke alarms in the unit. In a re­lease is­sued on Thurs­day, the depart­ment stated a sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the smoke alarm unit had been taken down from the ceil­ing of the third-floor apart­ment. On Oct. 4, the ten­ant ap­peared in Pro­vin­cial Of­fences Court and pled guilty to dis­abling the alarm. There was no loss of hu­man life be­cause of the in­ci­dent, but a cat died in the fire. In the re­lease, Cartwright re­minded peo­ple the On­tario Fire Code re­quires homes to have work­ing smoke alarms on ev­ery level and out­side of sleep­ing ar­eas. Car­bon monox­ide alarms are re­quired if the res­i­dence has a fuel fired ap­pli­ance or at­tached garage. He says in the re­lease vi­o­la­tions of the fire code will not be tol­er­ated. Happy Rolph’s An­i­mal Farm, 650 Read Rd. The first 500 fam­i­lies will re­ceive free pump­kins to use in the pump­kin-carv­ing con­tests, courtesy of Merid­ian Credit Union. Carv­ing tools will also be sup­plied. Judg­ing be­gins at 1:30 p.m. The Ni­a­gara IceDogs will host the scare­crow-build­ing sta­tions. Stakes, straw and cloth­ing will be pro­vided, but fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to bring their own old cloth­ing and other ac­ces­sories to dress up their scare­crows. Park­ing is lim­ited at the site but free park­ing will be avail­able at select nearby busi­nesses. Signs for the free lots will be posted. A free shut­tle bus is run­ning from Gran­tham Lions Club at 732 Ni­a­gara St. to Happy Rolph’s from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free but the city ad­vises that some ac­tiv­i­ties such as fam­ily pho­tos in the barn and food and bev­er­ages have a small fee. wouldn’t re­lease how many coun­cil­lors were tar­geted “in or­der to main­tain the in­tegrity of the case.” Po­lice did say a city coun­cil­lor re­ceived sev­eral emails that were threat­en­ing in na­ture over a two-week pe­riod. The na­ture of the threats was not re­leased by po­lice. The Ni­a­gara man was ar­rested Thurs­day for crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment with the as­sis­tance of Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice. The man’s name has not been re­leased by po­lice. Hamilton po­lice are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent to con­tact Det.-Const. An­drea Ku­ruc at 1-905-546-4861.

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