Toronto Fire Services lays Ontario Fire Code violation charges

Charges for a violation of the Ontario Fire Code have been laid against the City of Toronto and Bondfield Construction Company Limited.

On or about December 17, 2018, three of four exit doors were blocked in a means of egress at Union Station.

Toronto fire inspectors conducted a review of the incident and, in consultation with assigned outside legal counsel, determined there were reasonable and probable grounds to support a charge under Article of the Ontario Fire Code: “Means of egress shall be maintained in good repair and free of obstructions.”

Violations of the Ontario Fire Code pose a serious risk to building occupants and responding firefighters. The penalties for 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 continues to work to reduce risk through fire prevention and enforcement strategies against owners who fail to meet the Ontario Fire Code and jeopardize the safety of individuals and responding fire fighters. Toronto 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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