The Kenora OPP have begun an investigation into mischief and tampering with multiple fire hydrants throughout the city. The incidents took place on February 2 and 3.
On February 2, the Kenora OPP and the Kenora Fire and Emergency Service were advised that several fire hydrants had been opened in the areas of Transmitter Road, Minnesota Road and Beach Road. Alarms went off, as the city’s water system saw a sudden and rapid decrease.
Police are reminding the public that it is a criminal code offence to cause any damage to property, and those responsible may face mischief charges – as well as being held responsible for water damage to any properties.
The OPP add that tampering with fire hydrants puts the public’s lives in danger, in the event that there is a fire and there is no water to access. It is also dangerous for motorists and pedestrians, after the excess water freezes. The impact on the community's ability to fight fires -- as well as the cost of the clean up to ratepayers -- was described as 'very foolish,' by one staff member.
If anyone has any information regarding the incidents, they are asked to contact the Kenora OPP at 807-548-5534, or Crimestoppers at 1-888-310-1122.
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