Beendigen Incorporated is facing eight more charges for failing to maintain smoke alarms in operating condition.
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Chief John Hay said the charges stem for an October fire at a residence operated by the organization.
Subsequent to the blaze other properties managed by the organization, which provides shelter and housing to abused Aboriginal women and children, were inspected and found to be in violation.
“This agency has a mandate to provide safety and shelter for vulnerable families,” Hay said. “The maintenance of all fire safety devices should be a vital component of this mandate.”
Under the Ontario Fire Code, owners must maintain smoke alarms in operating condition, which Hay said can be the difference between life or death in an emergency.