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Provincial grocery store chain charged for fire code violation

Provincial grocery store chain charged $8,000 for violating the fire code.

THUNDER BAY -- A local grocery store has pleaded guilty to four counts of fire code violations.

Charges were laid for not testing various fire and life safety systems in the grocery store.

The Ontario Corporation was fined $2,000 per count for a total of $8,000, plus victim fine surcharge and costs.

The charges stem from a June 2018 inspection.

“A business operator is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the fire code in order to keep the public safe. Monthly and annual checks must be completed and records must be kept,” said fire chief John Hay.

“Failing to test and inspect a fire and life safety system can result with a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations.”

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds all business owners that they are responsible for maintaining and testing all Fire and Life Safety Systems. For more information, you are encouraged to visit: