Three ﬁres within a week
There were fires in three different Canadian condominiums within one
week. This shows that they are not as unusual as we would hope.
These stories are all from the CBC news.
least 23 people temporarily displaced after
CBC News Ottawa
06 May 2013
At least 23 people living in a 12-unit condo complex have been
temporarily displaced from their homes after a fire broke out early
The call at 1106 Georgeton Pvt., near Aviation Parkway and Hemlock
Road, came in just before 6 a.m.
The fire started in an electrical outbuilding attached to the
residential complex, firefighters said.
No one was hurt and the fire didn't spread to any nearby units. "The
electrical supply to the building has been damaged and, according to
electricians on scene, could take up to a week to repair," according to
a news release.
Damages are estimated at about $100,000.
Careless smoking deemed cause of Thursday's condo fire
people homeless after Saskatoon blaze
03 May 2013
Careless smoking has been determined to be the cause of the massive
condominium fire on Saskatoon's east side Thursday morning.
Saskatoon fire officials said Thursday that after all other possible
causes were ruled out, the cause has been deemed careless disposal of
Officials said the fire at 1121 McKercher Drive resulted in damages of
$1.5 million to $2 million. No one was hurt but dozens of people were
temporarily left homeless.
Contractors will be entering the building today to gather the
residents' personal belongings. Officials said alternative
accommodations will have to be found for the 36 people who were living
in the building at the time.
Saskatoon fire crew kept waiting at condo gates as blaze raged
Chief urges property owners to keep emergency codes updated
08 May 2013
The head of the Heritage Estates condo board says it was a terrifying
The fire department had trucks at the scene of last Friday's early
morning blaze within four minutes. But when they arrived at the
entrance to the gated community on the city's east side they couldn't
A mix-up in addresses because of multiple 911 calls meant that the
entrance codes they were given by their dispatcher didn't match up with
the codes needed for the gates' keypad.
"One to three minutes, if it was a medical emergency, that can be the
difference between life and death," said condo board president Dennis
Fire chief Dan Paulsen says getting timely, accurate information is
critical in emergencies where seconds can mean the difference between
life and death.
And he says the current system works. In rare situations where a
panicked caller gives the incorrect address, or the codes are outdated,
fire crews have proven adept at working around the problem.
"It will slow down entrance, but it won't stop entrance."
Paulsen says there are more than 500 apartment buildings and commercial
properties in Saskatoon that have some sort of locked gate or
restricted access. Property owners supply the codes to get into these
buildings and gated communities to emergency services, and they're kept
in a database.
Dispatchers will relay this information to fire crews and emergency
personnel while they're racing to the scene. Paulsen says it's in
everyone's best interest to keep the information updated.
"It allows us to have access and also prevents an awful lot of damage
that be done in us trying to gain entry."
The city reviews the information in the database annually. But he says
it's the responsibility of property owners to bring the new information
forward should codes change in the interim.
Cigarette caused Fort McMurray apartment blaze shortly after re-entry: fire marshal
05 July 2016
A massive fire that tore through a downtown Fort McMurray apartment
building last month was caused by an unattended cigarette left in a
potted plant inside a suite, Wood Buffalo fire marshal Hunter Langpap
Upper floors of the four-storey Cassia Manor building, near Prairie
Loop Boulevard and Franklin Avenue, were engulfed in flames on the
evening of June 6.
Has your condominium board prepared an Emergency Plan? Do the residents
have a designated Rally Point to go to in case of a building evacuation?
Does the property manager send the residents an annual survey asking if
there are anyone in your unit that requires assistance in
case of an
Does your building have an annual fire drill? The better managed rental
apartment and commercial buildings do.
If not, why not?