Fire safety concerns force residents to vacate two apartment buildings

New Glasgow Fire Inspector under the authority of the Town of New Glasgow in consultation with the Nova Scoita Fire Marshalls Office issued an order to vacate the apartments on James Street and Marsh Street indefinitely due to immediate fire safety concerns.

The apartment on James Street had two units, while the Marsh Street apartments had seven units with a total of nine units between the two apartments, all were occupied.

Upon inspection of both apartments, fire safety concerns identified, were not corrected and have deteriorated since the initial inspection.

Fire inspectors had previously inspected the apartments and found serious deficiencies from a fire inspection dated back on May 31, 2023.

On May 31, 2023, the building’s owner was placed on conditions, which allowed residents to continue to live in the apartments under strict conditions.

At that time the New Glasgow Fire Inspector placed an Order to Take Action on the apartments that identified fire safety issues.

The conditions required fire safety items to be fixed at the owner’s expense.

These fire safety items previously identified by the fire inspector were not rectified, leading to the immediate order vacate on this date.

Community groups including the Department of Community Services, Person Directed Planning Pilot Program, Viola’s Place Society and community volunteers where on site to assist persons who were displaced and provided emergency logging.

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