Fire inspection company investigated for falsifying inspections

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by David Ham

WVEC.com

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Updated Monday, May 30 at 5:15 PM

NORFOLK -- A local fire inspection company is being investigated for allegedly falsifying inspections at restaurants in Norfolk.

Fire Services Inc. is a contractor that cleans range hood systems and fire extinguishers in restaurants.

Each restaurant is required to have contractors clean their ranges and re-charge their fire extinguishers every six months.

Paula Porter owns Tony's Diner in Norfolk and has her extinguisher and range hood cleaned by a different company but says that up to date maintenance is extremely important.

"There could be a grease fire you know it catch the buidling on fire you know it's just a real hazard," said Porter.

According to a search warrant, an investigator from the fire marshal's office in Norfolk found, "Within the last three months, the Norfolk Fire Marshal Office has inspected three businesses within the City of Norfolk which were tagged as having been inspected by Fire Protection Systems (Fire Services Inc..) At all three locations the range hood system was left in an unprotected condition which would endanger the business property, occupants and surrounding businesses."

13News asked the owner of the company, Edwin Anderson about the allegations, but he did not want to comment.

Investigators say charges against Anderson are pending.


 

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