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Alberta fire code violation charges laid after fatal Lethbridge blaze

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Charges have been laid against two people, related to an illegal secondary suite, following a fatal blaze on the city’s south side last year.

The fire in July of 2019 claimed the life of a man and his dog.

Lethbridge Chief Fire Marshall, Heath Wright says this situation had a tragic outcome and is a serious reminder of the important responsibility all owners have to legalize their secondary suites and make sure they’re safe.

“Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family. This has been devastating for everyone involved. Our hope, in sharing this information, is that more people will understand the seriousness of operating an illegal suite and take the steps needed to ensure their tenants are safe,” says Wright.

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The charges involve several serious violations to the Alberta Fire Cod including improper bedroom exit widows, lack of required smoke alarms, and a lack of proper fire separations for the furnace room.

Each violation, in the case of a first offence, holds a fine of up to $100,000 and/or six months in jail.

Legal Secondary Suites need to be approved by the City’s Development Services department and must meet requirements of the Building Code.

It’s the responsibility of each home owner to ensure these standards are met. Between 2009 and 2019 the City provided close to $500,000 in grant funding to give financial assistance to those needing to make upgrades.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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