Ottawa landlord fined for violating Ontario Fire Code

An Ottawa property management company has been fined $60,000 for violating the Ontario Fire Code at multiple properties, which were searched after a fire damaged a Gilmour Street highrise.

Saickley Enterprises Ltd. fined $60,000 after Gilmour Street fire in March of 2013

Ottawa fire officials have fined a landlord $60,000 for multiple Ontario Fire Code violations after a Gilmour Street fire in March of 2013.

Ottawa firefighters and paramedics responded to an apartment fire at a 10-storey building located at 371 Gilmour St. in Ottawa’s Centretown neighbourhood around 3:45 a.m. on March 12, 2013.

This property was damaged by a fire in March of 2013, leading to a fines for its landlord. (Google Streetview)
A 31-year-old man, who reportedly jumped from the second or third floor, was treated for injuries to his lower limbs and pelvis and was taken to hospital.

There was also $250,000 worth of damage as one unit was completely destroyed and smoke damaged much of the third floor.

After that fire, investigators found multiple fire code violations at the building, which has been owned by Saickley Enterprises Ltd. since 2008.

16 properties violated fire code, officials say

Investigators then searched the other 15 properties owned by Saickley and located more violations. The properties are residential highrise buildings located at 16 addresses throughout the city. 

There are currently only 15 properties listed on Saickley's website. They are:

  • 153 Nepean St.
  • 272 Bronson Ave.
  • 125 Stewart St.
  • 1919 Kilborn Ave.
  • 290 Nelson St.
  • 363 Besserer St.
  • 230 Gloucester St.
  • 404 Elgin St.
  • 60 MacLaren St.
  • 321 Waverley St.
  • 405 Elgin St.
  • 67 Cartier St.
  • 270 Somerset St. W.
  • 474 Wilbrod St.
  • 371 Gilmour St.

On July 24 of this year, Ottawa fire officials said Saickley Enterprises Ltd. pleaded guilty to several counts under the Fire Protections and Prevention Act for violations at its 16 properties.

There were 120 convictions in all with a combination or fines and suspended sentences, according to an Ottawa Fire Services news release.

The total fine was $60,000, plus the 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, leading to a total of $75,000.