Media Advisory - Orillia fire scene investigation update & photo opportunity

    TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) will host a
news conference and photo opportunity at the Muskoka Heights Retirement
residence fire scene in Orillia tomorrow. At that time, an update on the
progress of the OFM investigation will be provided, as well as an explanation
about the safety equipment worn by OFM staff.
    From a visuals perspective, media can expect to see excavation of fire
debris by heavy equipment and OFM staff wearing disposable TYVEK suits, hand
and headgear and positive pressure ventilation systems. As a precautionary
measure, the safety equipment will be worn throughout the investigation to
protect against toxins and possible asbestos within the fire scene. A
decontamination tent has been set up.
    The OFM is appreciative of the patience, cooperation and assistance of
residents surrounding the retirement residence; at times the roadways around
the area have been congested with vehicles and equipment. As the investigation
proceeds, the area is expected to become even busier. The OFM continues to
work in partnership with the OPP, Orillia Detachment, Orillia Fire Department
and other fire departments as far away as Collingwood.
    This fire occurred last week and claimed the lives of two individuals.
Eight more remain in hospitals through the area, five of these, are in
critical condition. The facility was home to 23 residents. The OFM is in the
preliminary phase of its investigation.

    Date:        Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    Time:        News conference & photo opportunity           11:00 a.m.

    Location:    Muskoka Heights Retirement Residence
                 327 Old Muskoka Road
                 Orillia, Ontario

For further information:

For further information: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178

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