Investigation underway into Brighton restaurant fire

A fire that ripped through an Italian restaurant in Brighton on Saturday (January 19th) night has left its owner "devastated".

Pinnochio, situated in New Road, had to be evacuated after a blaze started in the ground-floor kitchen and is unlikely to open again in the near future. The Argus reports that nobody was injured in the incident after 40 firefighters and fire safety officers attended the scene. While the blaze was put out, extensive damage occurred to the kitchen, the basement and the roof. An investigation into what caused the conflagration is now underway. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said that it took more than three hours to put the fire out as ten fire engines attended the scene, adding that it was a "tricky one to deal with".

The owner of the scarred Pinocchio restaurant and Donatello in The Lanes, told the news provider that the aim is now to get the restaurant open again as quickly as possible. "Obviously we are devastated by what has happened but at the end of the day the most important thing is that nobody was hurt or injured," she noted.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, owners of commercial properties in England and Wales, including restaurants and hotels, must carry out a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment to identify potential hazards and ensure appropriate safety measures. If the assessment is deemed not to be 'suitable and sufficient' the Responsible Person can face up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine.