Thunder Bay

Fire inspection failures force rooming house closures

Thunder Bay's bylaw enforcement department is targeting two more rooming houses that it says don't meet licensing requirements.
At total of 33 people have been living at the former IOOF Hall at 130 South May St. in Thunder Bay. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

Thunder Bay's bylaw enforcement department is targeting two more rooming houses that it says don't meet licensing requirements.

At total of 33 people are living in one of the buildings, the former IOOF Hall at 130 South May St., and 10 people are living in another one at 289 Park Ave.

Bylaw manager Ron Bourret says the rooming houses are owned by the same man.

"At one time he had these lodging houses licensed and we have learned that they have failed their fire inspections required to get a licence,’ Bourret said. "So we're … now looking into the matter and considering laying charges."

At total of 33 people have been living at the former IOOF Hall at 130 South May St. in Thunder Bay. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

Bourret said both buildings are being shut down as rooming houses, however a firm date has not been set for closure.

In Thunder Bay, houses with more than four occupants living under the same roof must be licensed as a rooming house. Bourret said the Fire and Rescue Service has been proactive in determining fire safety requirements are met.  He said that is why discoveries like these have become more common.

Last week, an illegal rooming house was shut down at First Church United 

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