Car wash owners fined $30,000 for fire that injured three

By rdnewsNOW staff
May 17, 2018 - 11:14am

The owners of a car wash in north Red Deer have been fined $30,000 for a fire last summer that seriously injured three people.

The explosion and ensuing fire at Lazer Wash on 67A Street occurred on August 18. Two employees and a citizen suffered fire burns in the incident, which also put firefighters responding to the blaze at risk.

An investigation revealed that the car wash owners failed to ensure the safety of their workers through the improper storage and use of flammable liquids. As a result, the property owners were charged by The City of Red Deer Fire Prevention Bureau under the Safety Codes Act.  They entered into a guilty plea with a settlement in court resulting in a fine of $30,000.

The maximum fine under the Safety Codes Act is $100,000 for each offense and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

The RDES Fire Prevention Bureau encourages business owners to review their practices for the storage and use of flammable or combustible liquids to ensure they are compliant. Business owners can to contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at [email protected] to discuss their operations to ensure compliance.

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