Saskatoon Fire Department Closes 16 Suites at 1416 20th Street West
The Saskatoon Fire Department has taken the necessary steps to close 16 suites at 1416 20th Street West because of unsafe and unsanitary living conditions. The notice took effect at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.
“Up until now we have been able to remedy the life safety issues in the building,” Fire Chief Morgan Hackl says. “Following repeated inspections, orders to remedy issues, and tickets, the conditions in a number of suites have degraded to such an extreme state the Fire Department can no longer, in good conscience, allow people to live there.”
Chief Hackl says the most recent visit to 1416 20th Street West on April 20 involved a complete inspection of the property, suite by suite. The inspection revealed numerous hazards such as:
- Unsafe and unsanitary conditions
- No water to some suites
- Damaged fire separations
- Sewer waste back up
- Stolen copper pipes in some suites
- Unauthorized entry where suites are to be vacant
- Food and human waste
- Damaged suite doors
- Smoke alarms missing
- Damaged cooking facilities such as missing oven doors
- Ovens being used as a heating source
The Fire Department has been working closely with its community partners including the Ministry of Social Services and the Salvation Army. Approximately 12 residents will be rehoused to safe, healthy accommodations.
Going door-to-door, the Fire Department has informed affected residents of the closure. The Ministry of Social Services has established housing plans and transportation for each resident based on their health care or personal needs.
“Our focus is always community safety,” Chief Hackl says. “We are adopting a community approach to this issue to make sure we have the least impact as possible on every resident involved.”