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Fire-ravaged court building in Saguenay Lac-St-Jean will be rebuilt, Quebec government says

May 10, 2021 The Canadian Press

The Quebec government on Sunday announced plans to rebuild a historic courthouse in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region that was heavily damaged by fire and smoke the previous night.   Andree Laforest, the legislature member for the region, confirmed the province would help

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Flames rip through Alberta retirement complex

May 7, 2021 The Canadian Press

ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Fire has destroyed part of a retirement complex northwest of Edmonton. Officials say three residents suffered smoke inhalation but no one has died. Flames broke out at Citadel Mews West Continuing Care Facility in St. Albert

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Flames destroy unfinished condo in Langley, B.C., force nearby residents to evacuate

April 20, 2021 The Canadian Press

LANGLEY, B.C. – A huge fire has destroyed two six-storey condominium towers under construction in Langley, B.C. The fire broke out at around 9:30 p.m. Monday at the development in Langley’s Willoughby neighbourhood, about 45 kilometres east of Vancouver. The

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Fire sweeps through unfinished condos in Kelowna, B.C., forcing nearby evacuations

April 8, 2021 The Canadian Press

KELOWNA, B.C. – A condominium development under construction in Kelowna, B.C., has been severely damaged in a fierce early morning blaze. Flames broke out in a new phase of the Parklane townhouse complex on Kelowna’s north side on Tuesday. Fire

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‘Fire and ice:’ Weather leads to grass fires, slippery highways in southern Alberta

March 31, 2021 The Canadian Press

BROOKS, Alta. – A fast-moving weather system in Alberta brought both fire and ice, resulting in the evacuation of a village one day and a multi-vehicle collision that closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Medicine Hat and Calgary the next. About

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No working smoke alarms at fatal Toronto house fire, investigators say

March 12, 2021 Liam Casey - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – There were no working smoke alarms inside a Toronto house where a fire killed four people, investigators said Friday. The Office of the Fire Marshal said an electrical failure in the ceiling of the dining room in the

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Probe points to discarded smoking materials as likely cause of B.C. apartment building fire

February 24, 2021 The Canadian Press

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Improperly discarded smoking materials likely played a part in a recent fire in an Abbotsford, B.C., apartment building that left more than 100 people homeless. Assistant chief Ron Hull, with Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services, says the extent

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Four dead, several injured in three-alarm house fire in Toronto’s east end 

January 29, 2021 Liam Casey and John Chidley-Hill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Four people were killed and several others were injured after flames ripped through an east-end Toronto home early Friday.   Toronto’s fire service said six people were taken from the home and two were in hospital.   Deborah Bies, who

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Nighttime fire in western P.E.I. seniors home forces evacuation

January 19, 2021 The Canadian Press

WELLINGTON, P.E.I. – A fire inside a seniors home in western P.E.I. forced 47 residents from the building on Monday night, but there were no reports of serious injuries. Desmond Arsenault, spokesman for the Wellington Fire Department, says soon after

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Fire aboard shrimp trawler off Newfoundland started in sauna: investigation report

November 12, 2020 The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Transportation Safety Board says a fire in January aboard a large factory-freezer trawler started in the ship’s sauna as the vessel was catching and processing shrimp off the coast of Newfoundland. The independent agency, in

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House fire in small Newfoundland town spreads to other buildings

October 7, 2020 The Canadian Press

HEATHERTON, N.L. – A number of buildings are on fire in the small town of Heatherton, N.L. Muriel Brown works at the local Home Hardware store and says all she sees is smoke and flames when she steps out of

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Aon exec urges the industry to ‘try to do better’ at offering basic coverages

September 22, 2020 by Adam Malik

The property and casualty insurance industry needs to to a better job of ensuring that basic coverages — such as protection from water and fire — are available to clients and that there isn’t a protection gap, said Matt Wolfe,