WINNIPEG – City hall has agreed to look at adding annual inspections for rooming houses, in the wake of a fatal fire last week.
Two people were killed in the fire on Austin Street, in Point Douglas
Councillors Ross Eadie and Janice Lukes put forward the inspection motion today, and were joined in calling for it by the Point Douglas Residents Committee’s Sel Burrows.
“The minimum standard should be an annual fire inspection. We know now they aren’t doing that. The fire on Austin Street, it hadn’t been inspected for two and a half years.”
While the fire is believed to have been set deliberately, Burrows knows that more frequent inspections could still save lives.
“The inspection can ensure that the fire alarm goes off and there’s fire extinguishers and there’s easy means of egress so people can get out if someone starts a fire.”
The fire department and the public service will have 90 days to come up with a plan. They will report back to the committee in the fall.