Brantford bar owner fined for locked emergency exit
The owner of a Colborne Street East billiards bar has been fined $2,000 after pleading guilty in provincial offences court last week to one count of failing to ensure an emergency exit was unlocked.
Tom Andrews, owner of Colby's Billiards, was charged as a result of a blitz of local bars by Brantford Fire Department officials in January, according to a media release recently issued by the Brantford Fire Department.
Fire officials say the bar's emergency exit was locked with a side bolt while the business was open and serving customers.
"Locked emergency exits are a danger to persons in the premises and could result in disaster if an exit can not be used to escape in the event of a fire, explosion or other serious emergency," Dwayne Armstrong, Brantford Fire Department chief fire prevention officer said in a statement. "They also pose a significant concern to responding fire suppression crews, who may need to make use of these doors during rescue and suppression activities."