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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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Truck fire in Nova Scotia turns propane cylinders into projectiles

June 25, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

DEBERT, N.S. – A cleanup is underway in Debert, N.S., after a transport truck carrying over 1,000 propane cylinders caught fire. Nobody was injured in Sunday’s blaze on the Plains Road, which turned a large number of the nine-kilogram cylinders

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Why home fire risk has increased in Ontario

May 5, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s fire marshal says there’s been an increase in fire deaths this year as COVID-19 measures force many people to stay home and do more home cooking. Jon Pegg says there have been 51 fire fatalities between Jan. 1 and

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Commercial clients should do this before they leave for the day

January 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Are your clients checking the bathrooms before they leave work for the day? “The last thing you want is to leave someone with access to your property after the doors have been locked,” Northbridge Insurance noted in Closing time: Making

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Why this $3-million subrogated fire claim against corporate tenant failed

December 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled against an insurer in finding the parent company of a restaurant intentionally set on fire is not liable. In Austeville Properties Ltd. v. Josan, a ruling in a subrogated $3-million claim released

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Thousands displaced by this apartment fire won’t go home this year

November 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than 1,000 residents displaced by a major electrical fire in 2018 will not be moving back into their apartment building this year. A fire broke out Aug. 21, 2018 in the electrical room of 650 Parliament Street, a high-rise

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What surprised forensic engineers about massive Toronto propane explosions

October 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

After the deadly Sunrise Propane explosions caused a massive evacuation in north Toronto, the central focus of regulators came as a surprise to some engineers who investigate such disasters. Pumping propane from one truck to another was identified as a