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Owner of privately-run retirement homes in Kingston ordered to close

September 7, 2018 -

Kingston Fire & Rescue has received approval from the Ontario Fire Marshal's (OFM) office to issue an 'Order to Close' to the private owner of Fairfield Manor's east and west locations.

"The owner would have to comply with the conditions in the inspection order as it relates to the fire safety of vulnerable occupants under the Ontario Fire Code before consideration would be given to lift the Order to Close," says deputy chief Kevin Donaldson.

The South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has been successfully assisting in finding other living arrangements for the seven residents that remain at the privately owned retirement home.

Kingston Fire & Rescue will remain on site until the end of day while the LHIN finalizes arrangements and has requested that all agencies, with residents in their care, assist in their relocation.

"The South East LHIN is actively engaged with the ongoing situation at Fairfield Manor East. We are committed to supporting continuity of care, however as a result of the lack of compliance in relation to fire safety for the vulnerable occupants at the retirement home, and the ability to address health and safety concerns, we are no longer able to direct our home care staff to provide services and supports to patients at this location. Care coordinators are available to assist residents and caregivers, and will continue to support them as much as possible at any interim location and certainly any subsequent permanent location," says Cynthia Martineau, acting CEO of the South East LHIN.

Last Friday, the owner of Fairfield Manor Retirement Residence was charged for failing to comply with fire safety regulations applicable to buildings containing vulnerable occupants. 

Today's 'Order to Close' both locations follows Monday's Notice posted by Kingston Fire & Rescue at Fairfield's west location and yesterday's Notice posted at the east location after concerns were raised about the safety of the residents. All nine people at the west site were relocated on the weekend.