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Investigation ongoing into Malden Hill Dr. fire



By Ron Giofu


The investigation is continuing into a fire that occurred Wednesday night on Malden Hill Dr.

All three stations from the Amherstburg Fire Department responded to the call, which came in around 8:15 p.m. Assistant deputy fire chief Ron Meloche said crews were on hand until “close to midnight” putting the fire out.

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s (OFM) office was in Amherstburg later in the week to further investigate the fire. No damage estimate or cause was available as of press time, with fire officials stating that is part of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s investigation.

A 54-year-old Amherstburg man was transported to hospital with injuries. Meloche said the extent of the injuries was unknown and that he was the only person injured as a result of the fire.

More details are expected to be released upon the conclusion of the OFM’s investigation.

Burns suffered after “issue” with pizza oven


A male suffered burns after an “issue” with a pizza oven Monday evening at a local pizza restaurant.

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The Amherstburg Fire Department reports that the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) were called in to conduct an investigation Tuesday as a result of the matter which saw the male transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Amherstburg Fire Department reported around 5:45 p.m. Monday that they were on the scene at Capri Pizza where a male suffered “minor burns” to his face, shoulder and arm. The injuries were suffered were due to an “issue” with a pizza oven.

Sunroom explosion causes $50,000 damage



By RTT Staff


A small explosion at a home in the 200 block of Cherrylawn Cr. has been investigated by the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office and the Amherstburg Fire Department is estimating the damage at $50,000.

A sunroom at a Cherrylawn Cr. exploded Sunday causing $50,000. A cause is still unknown. There were no injuries, say the Amherstburg Fire Department.

A sunroom at a Cherrylawn Cr. exploded Sunday causing $50,000. A cause is still unknown. There were no injuries, say the Amherstburg Fire Department.

The explosion took place at the rear of the home early Sunday afternoon. Amherstburg firefighters attended the home and reported no injuries. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) attended with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office also arriving on scene to investigate.

Union Gas was also on hand to assist after the explosion.

While the damage estimate was released Monday evening, a cause has not been determined as of yet.

Amherstburg Fire Department moving forward on 27 OFM recommendations



By Ron Giofu


Representatives from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office attended town council’s meeting Monday night with 27 recommendations with the Amherstburg Fire Department stating they are already working on them.

Council unanimously passed a motion to obtain a full report with an action plan to implement the recommendations, a time frame and anticipated costs. The 27 recommendations deal with policies, guidelines, a fire risk assessment, training and succession plans, documentation, fire code enforcement, hydrants and compliance with the Emergency Management and Civic Protection Act.

Fire chief Al Reaume said 17 recommendations are currently being worked on, six have yet to see any action taken while four are completed. The biggest challenge is the risk assessment plan, something Reaume said should be done annually but hasn’t been done since approximately 2002.

“Once you get it going, it’s easy to maintain,” said Reaume.

Reaume said he requested the report from the OFM’s office, noting when he took over the helm of the fire department last summer, he had been retired for four years and needed to know exactly where the department was at.

A 18 month to two-year time frame is feasible, he believed, but the issue of additional resources was brought up earlier in the meeting. Assistant deputy chief Lee Tome is working with Reaume on implementing the recommendations and indicated more resources may be necessary to finish the recommendations in a two-year time frame.

“There’s two of us,” said Tome. “We can only do so much. We are definitely going to need other resources to complete this in two years. I’m just being realistic.”

There will be quarterly updates coming to town council, Reaume added.

Reaume said Tome will become deputy chief at the end of May, stating that current deputy chief Jim Ouellette is retiring. There will be a search for a new assistant deputy chief.

Les Brinkworth and Nelly Green from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s (OFM) office attended council with Brinkworth stating they put together a team of about 11 people before even coming to Amherstburg. They gathered data before coming to town and more upon arrival. He said timelines, like an 18-month to two-year time frame, is not something they would stringently enforce.

“As long as we see continuous progress, that’s fair,” he said.

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Councillor Diane Pouget said it was the first time in her 11 years on council that she heard it was council’s responsibility to enforce 27 recommendations.

“That’s mind boggling to me,” said Pouget. “I didn’t realize we had so much responsibility regarding the recommendations.”

Pouget said her father was a firefighter so she appreciates the work firefighters do but having to enforce recommendations was something new to her.

“This was never brought to our attention before,” she said.

Pouget said council has been accused of “micromanaging” and said the recommendations are in line with concerns put forth by two firefighters that were terminated last year. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo asked Pouget to focus on the OFM report, stating the issue with the two firefighters had been resolved.

“Please keep questions related to the report,” said DiCarlo.

Green said the OFM has been to many municipalities, some bigger and some smaller than Amherstburg, and coming away with 20-35 recommendations is not uncommon.

Councillor Leo Meloche emphasized that the 27 recommendations that face the Amherstburg Fire Department are more administrative in nature and assured the community front line firefighters are doing their jobs well.

“I want everyone to understand that front line services are intact and operating well,” said Meloche.

Reaume agreed, stating there are no public safety concerns and that there are no issues with the work of front line firefighters.