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Toronto's Hearn Generating Station deemed unsafe for public events after fire code violations found

Toronto's Hearn Generating Station deemed unsafe for public events after fire code violations found
From Global News - August 10, 2017

Toronto Fire Services is putting a halt to public events being hosted inside Torontos Hearn Generating Station until multiple fire code violations are met.

In a statement released on Thursday, Toronto fire warned the public there is a need for life safety provisions after serious deficiencies and breaches of the Ontario Fire Code were found at the decommissioned site.

For example, there is no fire alarm system in the building, Deputy Chief Jim Jessop told AM640.

There is no emergency lighting, there are no exit signs, the number of exits required and the length of the distance to get to exits far exceed what the fire code would require.

The statement comes just one day before the Waterfront Night Market was scheduled to begin, which currently has no approved occupancy plan in place.

As a result, the 100 vendors and 120,000 spectators expected to take part Friday to Sunday will have to do so outside of the building on the stations site.

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