August 2017

Pot operation linked to fire: police

August 8th, 2017|

London man is charged with arson by negligence and drug production in weekend house fire

A man faces drug and arson charges following a fire at an east London house that injured one person.Emergency crews were called to a fire at a home at the intersection of Strand and Oxford streets on Sunday, just before […]

July 2017

London woman charged with arson

July 14th, 2017|

A London woman is charged with setting fire to her own house.

Fire crews were called to 503 Boler Road shortly after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbour reported smoke coming from the home.

On Friday, the owner Allison Stacey, 57, has been charged with one count of arson to own property endangering the property of […]

May 2017

‘Still work to do’ housing vulnerable

May 14th, 2017|

The face of the controversy has been sent to jail, and London has responded with a tough new bylaw.

But the question remains: Has housing become that much better for vulnerable adults in London?

“We still have work to do,” said Steven Harrison, executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex. “Housing makes or breaks […]

House arrest for house arson

May 11th, 2017|

There’s no place like home — and for a London couple convicted of setting their own house on fire, that’s where they will be serving their jail sentence.

Jennifer Gionet, 31, and Steven Harman, 41, were each sentenced to 23 months of house arrest, with the main requirement to abide by a curfew that confines them […]

April 2017

Highrise fire fuels arson charge

April 28th, 2017|

London police have charged a man with arson following a fire last month at an apartment building that injured four people.

Firefighters responded to a blaze at 85 Walnut St., a building run by London and Middlesex Housing Corp., on March 12 at 3:25 a.m.

The fire started in a 14th-floor unit where an ailing woman […]

Charles jailed for fire-safety infractions

April 24th, 2017|

Keith Charles: Not a question of if, but when, a tragedy would happen on London group home operator’s watch, justice of the peace says

When Keith Charles was sentenced to 20 days in jail, the memory of David MacPherson was on the mind of London’s chief fire-prevention officer.

Wendy Cowdrey was in court Monday when Charles, […]

March 2017

Group home case sentencing adjourned

March 20th, 2017|

Group home fire violation case sentencing adjourned for pre-sentencing report – London

Keith Charles’s request for a pre-sentence report was granted on Monday, at what would have been his sentencing hearing at a courthouse in London.

The group home operator was found guilty of 12 fire code violations related to a fire in November 2014 at […]

Facts about fire shrouded by alarming delays

March 17th, 2017|

Seven minutes and 11 seconds.

That’s how much time elapsed between when the London fire department received the alarm about the fire on Hyde Park Road last June and when the first firefighters arrived on scene.

Getting water onto that fire took another six minutes and two seconds. Total time between the alarm and the water: […]

Investigation into London high rise fire continues

March 13th, 2017|

Four people were injured in a fire early Sunday morning at a London high rise apartment building.

Fire crews were called to 85 Walnut Street in central London, just south of Riverside Drive, on Sunday around 3:30 a.m. By the time fire fighters arrived, flames could be seen engulfing a 14th floor balcony.

Three residents and […]

Group home operator found guilty

March 13th, 2017|

Controversial group home operator Keith Charles is facing an enormous financial penalty after being found guilty Friday morning of 12 fire code infractions.

The prosecution is seeking $60,000 in fines – $5,000 for each count – for the 12 convictions at 1452 Oxford St. that stretch from April 7 to November 3, 2014, when resident […]

February 2017

Guard injured in jail fire

February 3rd, 2017|

Two inmates charged with arson in cell blaze at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre in London

Two inmates have been charged with arson for allegedly setting a cell ablaze at London’s provincial jail.

Police confirmed the charges Friday against the two unnamed men, both of them inmates at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.

Emergency responders were called to the Exeter […]

January 2017

Blind Man’s Escape From Blaze A ‘Teachable Moment’

January 28th, 2017|

A 71-year-old London man is sharing his story of a traumatic apartment fire that left his hands burnt in hopes of educating the public about the importance of fire safety.

Arko Ypma, who has been blind for decades, was vacuuming his Simcoe St. apartment December 28 when he smelled smoke.

“I didn’t realize there was a […]

Too Close

January 27th, 2017|

“Never Say Never”

January 27th, 2017|

“Never Say Never”: Man Who Is Blind Shares Message After Escaping Blaze
A 71-year-old man is urging Londoners to learn from his mistakes, following an apartment fire that could have had a much worse outcome — if not for a neighbour, and the man’s seeing eye dog.

Arko Ypma — who is blind — was doing […]

Close call spurs fire safety reminder

January 27th, 2017|

Londoner Arko Ypma was vacuuming his Simcoe Street apartment a few days after Christmas when he smelled smoke.

The 71-year-old blind man thought the vacuum was over­heating and brought it to the balcony to cool off.

But the vacuum was on fire and Ypma was unknowingly dropping burning plastic across the floor and over furniture as he […]

Generous greeting awaits burned-out Syrians

January 12th, 2017|

Jennifer Whitehead’s London basement is packed to the ceiling with donated goods.

But it’s an open question whether the heaping collection will ever end up in the hands of a Syrian family burned out of their public housing unit late last fall.


Because the family — a mother and her four children — reportedly left for […]

December 2016

Fire Deemed ‘Accidental’

December 6th, 2016|

Hyde Park Plaza Fire Deemed ‘Accidental’ By Ontario Fire Marshal

Months after a fire ripped through a strip mall in Hyde Park, the Ontario Fire Marshal has classified the cause of the blaze as ‘accidental’.

The June 30th fire destroyed several businesses in the plaza and resulted in an estimated loss of $1.5 million.

The London Fire […]

March 2015

Storybook a Barn Demolition

March 5th, 2015|

May 2009

Investigation continues in London hotel blaze

May 13th, 2009|

LONDON – The investigation continues today into a fire that destroyed the Embassy Hotel – a landmark hotel in London’s Old East Village.

And fire officials say Dundas Street – the village’s main thoroughfare – could be closed at least another day to allow the Ontario Fire Marshal to probe for a cause and engineers […]

November 1982

Firms rushing to open again after huge fire

November 22nd, 1982|


Owners of a handful of downtown London businesses are scrambling to bounce back after a $1-million fire which scarred a west-end section of Dundas Street early Saturday.  Most of them expect to reopen today.

But some will be in temporary quarters because the blaze, which spewed dense smoke over the downtown are for most of […]