22 charges laid in huge Kingston fire
TORONTO – The Ministry of Labour has accused some of the people charged in relation to a huge fire that destroyed a Kingston apartment building of giving false information to investigators.
Two companies and three people were charged in relation to the December fire.
The Ministry of Labour laid 22 charges in total: 10 against Jay Patry Enterprises Inc, two against Stelmach Property Management Inc., and 10 against three unnamed individuals, according to a government statement.
The 22 charges are split evenly between failure to meeting fire safety precaution and not cooperating with the Ministry of Labour investigation.
Some of the offences include failing to inspect every fire extinguisher, obstructing a ministry inspector, and providing false information to inspectors.
The building was primarily made out of wood, allowing the fire to spread quickly. It was under construction at the time the blaze broke out and a construction worker was stuck atop a crane for over an hour.
A helicopter team from nearby Canadian Forces Base Trenton was called in for a dramatic rescue. The rescue team hovered over the crane for nearly a minute while a rescuer was lowered down to save the trapped construction worker.