A Thunder Bay man has been convicted of disabling smoke alarms.

It's in connection with a fire March 2nd at a West Frederica Street social housing complex.

Firefighters responding to a 911 call found a fire burning in a closet of a three-bedroom apartment.

Thunder Bay police charged a 24-year-old man with arson and mischief.

Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue also charged him with two counts of disabling a smoke alarm.

In provincial offences court yesterday, he was fined a total of $2,000 for those.

Fire chief John Hay said the fire service has zero tolerance toward Fire Code violations.

He called the act of disabling a smoke alarm "a very serious violation".