Charges have now been laid against two people following a fire in Scarborough last month which claimed the life of one person.
The two alarm blaze broke out in the basement of a rooming house on Birkdale Road, in the Midland Avenue and Ellesmere Road area, around 6 a.m. on Dec.29th.
Several people were in the house at the time of the fire, four people were taken to hospital, two of them in a critical condition.
One person was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.
An investigation was subsequently launched and according to a news release issued by Toronto Fire Services on Thursday, it revealed that the residence was a rooming house with six bedrooms occupied by nine people.
A number of violations of the Fire Code, ”related to boarding, rooming and lodging houses were noted during the inspection including smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire separations, number of exits and fire-rated doors.”
Charges have now been laid against the registered owner of the house and a tenant who was sub-renting to additional occupants.
The penalties for Fire Code violations run up to $50,000 and/or a year in jail for individuals and up to $100,000 for a corporation.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.