ST. CATHARINES – Three St. Catharines homeowners have been ordered to pay fines after pleading guilty to Ontario Fire Code violations.
Stephen Eccles, owner of 23 Densgrove Dr., was fined $3,000 on Sept. 27 after pleading guilty to failing to maintain a smoke alarm in operating condition. Eccles has been given 60 days to pay the fine.
Patricia Kirchlechner, owner of 64 Lakehurst Dr., was fined $5,000 for three violations of the fire code, including $1,000 for failing to maintain a smoke alarm in operating condition, $1,000 for using extensions cords in place of permanent wiring and $3,000 for creating a hazard due to the cultivation and processing of marijuana plants in the basement. Kirchlechner plead guilty Sept. 27 to all three counts.
Georgia Skarpathiotakis, owner of an apartment building at 162-166 Ontario St., was fined $5,000 for six counts of failing to maintain a smoke alarm in operating condition. Skarpathiotakis pleaded guilty on Sept. 27.
“Smoke alarms are easy to install and have been proven to save lives,” said Chris Leonard, chief fire prevention officer. “A $10 smoke alarm makes all the difference. Every house needs a smoke alarm on each level.”
Anyone with questions about Fire Code rules and regulations is urged to contact St. Catharines Fire Services at 905-688-5601, ext. 4224.