133 people lost their lives in fires in Ontario in 2022

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133 people lost their lives in fires in Ontario in 2022

Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg

The death toll from fires in Ontario was particularly heavy last year. According to provincial fire marshal Jon Pegg, 133 people died in fires in 2022, a number not seen in more than 20 years.

November, December and January are usually the deadliest months; a third of deaths occur at this time of year.

A significant proportion of fire deaths occur in homes that do not have working smoke detectors.

This was particularly the case in a Hamilton home where two adults and two children died on December 29. Two other occupants of 14 Derby Street were also injured.

It was a difficult, tragic and moving end to 2022, commented the commissioner, offering his condolences to the relatives of the victims and praising the work of the first responders.

“Whenever there is a death in a residence that was not equipped with a working smoke detector , I ask myself: ''What would have happened? What would have happened if there had been a working detector?''

—Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal

Two adults and two children died Dec. 29 in a fire at this Hamilton townhouse.

The fire started near the divan on the first floor of 14 Derby Street and spread, preventing people on the second floor from descending the stairs. Investigators have not yet determined what set the couch on fire.

Commissioner Pegg could not say what the connection between the victims was. He said the investigation would be very thorough and promised updates.

Hamilton Fire Chief David Cunliffe said the home owner could face charges because there were no working detectors.

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The average Ontarian mistakenly believes they will have more than 5 minutes to escape in the event of a fire, says Jon Pegg. The sad reality is that you probably have at most 60 seconds from when the detector goes off.

He reiterated the importance of having, in plus detectors, a well thought out escape plan that has been rehearsed.

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