Press Release

One victim in Rockland fire; probable cause accidental

By Louise Sproule

March 19, 2018

The Clarence-Rockland Fire Department and the Ontario Fire Marshall have completed a preliminary investigation following the March 16 fire on Caron Street and the probable cause has been deemed accidental. Investigators were unable to locate any sign of working smoke alarms in the property. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of the victim in this tragic fire,” said Fire Chief Brian Wilson.

“These situations are difficult for everyone.”

Chief Wilson reminds all residents, “Working smoke alarms are critical to surviving a fire in your home. These days, you only have a few minutes to escape a house fire. Every second counts.” Under provincial law, working smoke alarms are required on all levels of a home in addition to outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms are also required in houses with natural gas, propane or wood burning appliances, or with an attached garage. Under the Fire Code, fines for non-compliance are $360.