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Media Release

Release Date: July 20th, 2020 - 2:50pm

Originator: Constable, Ryan Anderson, Corporate Communications, 905 825 4899

Contact: D/Constable, Kimberlee Newton, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905 825 4747 ext 2216

Location: Oakville


False Fire Alarm Results in Injury and Criminal Negligence Charges

‚ÄčIn the early morning hours of July 18, 2020, police responded to reports of a fire at an apartment complex on Churchill Avenue in Oakville. 

The fire alarm had been pulled and an extinguisher had been deployed on the second floor causing tenants to fear for their safety. As a result, several occupants were evacuated and a woman was injured after jumping from the second storey. 

It was determined by police that at no point was there a fire in the building. Police located and arrested the male responsible for pulling the fire alarm and deploying the extinguisher. He was found near the apartment building.

Ronald Gordon (51) of no fixed address has been charged with:

  • Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm
  • Mischief
  • Fail to comply with a Probation Order

Gordon was held pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Constable Kim Newton at 905-825-4747 ext. 2216.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers.  "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca