One fined after man, 71, dies from fire injuries

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)
One fined after man, 71, dies from fire injuries

A man has been fined $10,000 after a fire in a home on Edgewater Boulevard led to the death of a 71-year-old man.

Peterborough Fire Services say on May 31, about 5 p.m., fire broke out in the basement apartment of the home. One person was taken to hospital with burns, and then airlifted to Toronto in lifethreatening condition. The man later succumbed to his burn injuries.

The investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire was not suspicious, but Peterborough Fire Services determined Fire Code violations that included not having working smoke or carbon monoxide alarms as required by provincial law.

On September 22, Harold Martindale was found guilty of not having working smoke alarms at the time of the fire.  Mr. Martindale was fined $10 000 for not having smoke alarms and granted a suspended sentence for not having working carbon monoxide alarms. An additional three charges related to Fire Code violations were withdrawn.

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