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Tanker fire closes section of Highway 401
April 27, 2012, Ottawa - The westbound lanes of highway 401 were shut down Thursday night, east of Kingston after a tanker fire, according to Ontario Provincial Police. The Ottawa Citizen reports.
Three charged with arson in historic building fire
April 27, 2012, Saint John, N.B. - Two men and a youth have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed an historic Saint John building on Wednesday. CBC News reports.
Officials investigating nightclub explosion, fire
April 27, 2012, Montreal - Montreal police are investigating after fire broke out at a nightclub early Friday morning. CBC News reports.
Comox fire department struggling with volunteer turnover
April 27, 2012, Comox, B.C. - Comox fire department is experiencing a higher-than average turnover rate for its paid on-call firefighters this year, according to Chief Gord Schreiner. Canada.com reports.
Muskoka Heights owner unfamiliar with fire code
April 26, 2012, Midhurst, Ont. - The owner of the Muskoka Heights retirement home in Orillia, and two other seniors homes, says he has never read or seen the Ontario Fire Code other than to scan one section online – even after losing four occupants in a fire in 2009.
Muskoka Heights owner says fire rules are daunting
April 26, 2012, Midhurst, Ont. – The owner of the Muskoka Heights retirement home in Orillia, Ont., says fire departments could make it easier for people like him to understand their obligations under the lengthy and detailed fire code by providing a smaller, simplified manual that outlines responsibilities and expectations.
Full-time fire chief recommended for Trent Hills
April 26, 2012, Trent Hills, Ont. – A consultant has recommended Trent Hills hire three full-time staff, including a fire chief, to help run its volunteer fire department, and build a new fire station in Campbellford. Northumberland News reports.
Fines still unpaid in fatal retirement home blaze
April 26, 2012, Midhurst, Ont. - Being the first person to be charged under the Ontario Fire Code is “just another big headache,” Gail Wilson said at the inquest into the 2009 fatal fire at Muskoka Heights Retirement Residence. The Barrie Examiner reports.
Manitoba MLA introduces bill for firefighter license plates
April 26, 2012 – Manitoba MLA Ralph Eichler introduced a bill earlier this week that presses to have special license plates available for volunteer firefighters.
Saint John fire was deliberately set: police
April 26, 2012, Saint John, N.B. - A large section of Saint John's uptown sits empty after a fire raged through a three-storey building early Wednesday, and police believe the fire may have been set deliberately. CTV News reports.