Antoinette Fragomeni was found guilty on July 12 of tampering with a smoke alarm and has been fined $750.
Firefighters were called to Fragomeni’s Brigger Street apartment in May 2012 after a fire was reported in her closet. During its investigation, Fire Services discovered Fragomeni had intentionally disabled her smoke alarm.
“Tampering with a smoke alarm is just as dangerous as not having one,” said Chris Leonard, chief fire prevention officer. “It’s fortunate that the fire was contained to a closet. The building has 53 apartment units, so if the fire had occurred at night or spread to neighbouring apartments the outcome could have been different.”
Fire Services reminds residents there are products available to help reduce false alarms while cooking, including smoke alarms with hush features which deactivate the alarm if it sounds for an extended period of time.
For more information on smoke alarms, call the St. Catharines Fire Prevention Office at 905.688.5601 ext. 4224.
(Submitted by the City of St. Catharines)
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