Bylaw should prevent tragedy

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Fire investigators continue their investigation into a fire that left three people dead and one injured Saturday in Charlottetown. 

Editor: A building sits vacant for years. It becomes a hangout for young people and late night noise. The outside walls attract graffiti. There ought to be a law.

There is. It’s called the Dangerous, Hazardous and Unsightly Premises Bylaw, most recently amended by Charlottetown City Council in 2008.

As written, it seems good. Property owners are responsible for securing vacant buildings against unauthorized access. City inspectors have the power to ensure the law is being obeyed.

So far, media stories have not reported what actions had been taken by the building owner or the city before fire destroyed the former Sherwood Greens clubhouse. All we know for sure is three teenagers were found dead inside, and a fourth remains in hospital.

Aubrey Bell,

New London                                

Organizations: Charlottetown City Council, New London

Geographic location: Sherwood Greens

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