Sutton Fire Caused By Faulty Wiring

Sutton Fire Caused by Faulty Wiring
Quick action results in no injuries in apartment building fire

July 15, 2011

Ontarians should be prepared to react immediately when the fire alarm sounds says Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek. A quick response was critical in a recent fire in Sutton on July 11th. Everyone got out safely even though the 36 unit building was heavily damaged.

When OFM investigators arrived at the 36 unit Dalton Road apartment building, the roof had been consumed by the fire and there was some extension of fire to the units below the attic space. The investigation determined that the fire originated in the central portion of the complex within the ceiling space between the second and third floors. The fire was caused by a wiring fault that was likely present for some time before the fire on July 11, 2011. As the fire grew, the design of the overhanging mansard roof allowed the fire to enter the open attic space where it spread quickly.

The early morning fire displaced 100 residents and for the short term, their housing needs are being addressed by various local aid agencies working together with the Town of Georgina. There were no injuries.

Throughout this investigation, the OFM has been working with the Georgina Fire Department and the York Regional Police Service. The OFM’s investigative team consisted of one investigator, one supervisor and two fire protection engineers.

Quotes

“This was a large and devastating fire and we are fortunate that everyone knew what to do when the fire alarm sounded. It was also an unusual fire because it began in an unoccupied space of the building. It serves as a reminder that when fire alarm systems are combined with home fire escape plans, people can safely escape a fire, without injury.”
-Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal

Contacts

  • Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3155
  • Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3178