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Saskatoon Fire Department uncovers 42 fire safety violations at lighthouse

The Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) has issued orders to the Lighthouse Supported Living Facility to address several hazards.

“Our goal at the lighthouse is community safety,” Deputy Chief Yvonne Raymer said in a news release.

“We want to ensure that all life safety measures are in place so that any concerns or shortcomings can be easily corrected. We don’t want the problems to escalate like we’ve seen elsewhere, so we’re keeping a close eye on the building and monitoring inspections at the lighthouse.

The SFD says it monitors life and fire safety at the lighthouse and that inspections from April 2021 revealed deficiencies that need to be addressed to ensure working and living conditions at the facility do not deteriorate. not deteriorate.

The most recent inspection on January 4 identified the following issues:

  • Two sinks have been removed in a bathroom next to the dining room, which is currently being converted to a temporary shelter area due to COVID-19
  • A water heater does not work; several other water heaters remained fully functional
  • A small water and sewer backup in the utility room with slight wet staining around the drain

Since this inspection, the water heater has been repaired. The showers and sinks with hot water remained intact for all the other suites and bathrooms. SFD says it considers the faults to be minor and can be repaired by a plumber.

The lighthouse has been ordered to fix the hazards by the end of January. If the risks are not corrected by then, SFD can contract the work, charge the lighthouse for the repairs, and then discuss payment terms.

The Saskatoon Fire Department responds to a fire at the lighthouse on Dec. 10, 2022. (Saskatoon Fire Department)

The Saskatoon Fire Department responds to a fire at the lighthouse on Dec. 10, 2022. (Saskatoon Fire Department)

Previous inspections revealed issues including 42 Fire Safety Act violations for failure to maintain life safety systems and building systems such as electrical, sprinklers, fire alarm system, lack of dampers, failure to maintain means of egress and failure to maintain fire separations.

The SFD issued 14 tickets related to these offenses on December 10 and January 6.

The SFD will not shut down the lighthouse because the risks in the building are lower than the risk posed by moving occupants, the statement said.

“We are not aware of The Lighthouse’s current financial condition, but believe the repairs needed to fulfill the orders are relatively minor,” Raymer said in the statement.

“However, if the lighthouse needs assistance with these repairs, we encourage them to contact the Saskatoon Fire Department to discuss their various options.”