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Fundraiser to proceed, Eaton's building owner fined $25,000

THUNDER BAY -- The Definitely Superior Art Gallery's Saturday night Halloween fundraiser will proceed after an eleventh-hour effort that fixed fire code violations in the former Eaton's building.
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(Jon Thompson, tbnewswatch.com)

THUNDER BAY -- The Definitely Superior Art Gallery's Saturday night Halloween fundraiser will proceed after an eleventh-hour effort that fixed fire code violations in the former Eaton's building. 

The Justice of the Peace handed the building's owner a $25,000 fine on Friday morning, citing fire code violations ranging from failing alarm systems to occupancy concerns in the building's complex structure.

Thunder Bay Fire Chief John Hay said if the violations weren't fixed immediately, the DefSup basement site wouldn't be able to use the venue as part of The Hunger's 10th anniversary.

As a tenant whose fundraiser was in jeopardy, the art gallery found itself caught in the middle. 

By 5 p.m., Definitely Superior Art Gallery director David Karasiewicz said the owner of the building and the fire department reached an understanding that saved the gallery portion of the eight-bar fundraiser, which is known as 'Hell.'  

"There's no worries about safety,” Karasiewicz said. 

"We're good to go and I think it will be a good time for everyone. Everyone can go to 'Hell.'"