Peterborough fire department shuts down Bolivar Street rooming house

A fire safety inspection was conducted Wednesday at 494/496 Bolivar St. under the Ontario Fire Code, according to a release from the city.

Fire prevention inspectors identified many Fire Code violations at the property, which was operating as a rooming house.

Inspectors identified issues including missing fire alarm and detection equipment, damaged or missing fire separations, and a lack of emergency planning.

As a result of the fire and life safety concerns, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management granted the city fire department authorization to close the property.

Peterborough Housing and Social Services are supporting tenants who are seeking alternative accommodations.

Tenants were provided with information during the fire safety inspection regarding alternative accommodations. Anyone from this premises requiring support can call 705-743-2272 and speak with the Housing Resource Centre or contact Social Services at 705-748-8830.

In October 2016, the owner was convicted of Fire Code violations and was issued a fine of $10,000, plus court costs and victim surcharges.

Wednesdays inspection resulted in an inspection order and authorization to close being issued to Si-Hwa Liou from Scarborough.

Liou is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in December to address additional Fire Code charges.

NOTE: Fire safety assessments and Fire Code compliance inspections can be arranged by calling 705-745-3284 during business hours.

According to fire services, a first safety inspection was conducted Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 494/496 Bolivar St. under the Ontario Fire Code.

Fire prevention inspectors identified numerous fire code violations within the combined property, which was operating as a rooming house. Inspectors noted issues with missing fire alarm and detection equipment, damaged or missing fire separations, and a lack of emergency planning.  As a result of these significant fire and life safety concerns, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management has granted PFS authorization to close the property.

Peterborough Housing and Social Services are supporting tenants who are seeking alternative accommodations. Tenants were provided with information during the fire safety inspection regarding alternative accommodations. Anyone from this premises requiring support is encouraged to call 705-743-2272 and speak with the Housing Resource Centre or contact Social Services at 705-748-8830.

Fire Services had received complaints regarding fire safety concerns with the property. In October 2016, the owner was convicted of fire code violations and was issued a fine of $10,000, plus court costs and victim surcharges. Wednesday’s inspection resulted in an “Inspection Order and Authorization to Close” being issued to Si-Hwa Liou from Scarborough. Liou is scheduled to attend provincial court in December to address additional fire code charges.

Fire safety assessments and fire code compliance inspections can be arranged by calling 705-745-3284 during business hours.