UK Fire Safety News

Mosque Fire Treated as Suspicious

The Metropolitan Police are treating a blaze, which destroyed a north London Islamic centre, as "suspicious" after English Defence League graffiti was found daubed on the wall. Officers from the service's Counter-Terrorism Command are said to be leading an investigation to establish the cause of the fire, which resulted in the collapse of part of the two-storey building in Muswell Hill.

Emergency services were called to the scene early on Wednesday morning (June 5th), with eyewitnesses reportedly hearing loud noises before spotting the flames. Six fire engines and about 35 firefighters arrived to tackle the blaze, and Scotland Yard has said that police are looking into a potential link between the graffiti and the fire.

Time Out Fire Affects Latest Edition

Time Out London has been forced to delay the release of its latest edition following a warehouse fire that destroyed more than 225,000 copies of the magazine.

The publication revealed that 80,000 issues have been saved and will be distributed on Thursday (June 6th) - two days after the typical Tuesday delivery day - after a blaze ripped through the Bicester printing facility where it is produced.It is said that the blaze was started when a gas-powered forklift truck exploded on the industrial estate, with more than 45 firefighters being sent to the scene in order to tackle the flames. While the cause of the explosion is currently unknown, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reportedly undertaking a full investigation to establish why the incident occurred.

In a bid to remove potential fire hazards, commercial buildings and non-domestic premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

Fourteen people rescued in Stirling fire

Fourteen people have been rescued by firefighters from a three-storey building in Stirling after a fire broke out in a communal stair.

Crews were called to Cowane Street at 19:30 on Saturday and rescued four people from the first floor of the building using a ladder. Another 10 people were led to safety from the second floor. A fire service spokesman said the fire was in a bin store but the smoke had affected a number of properties.

Fire at National Library of Wales

A section of roof at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth has been destroyed by fire.

Flames and smoke were seen coming from the roof at the rear and up to 300 staff and 100 visitors were evacuated from the building.

More than 30 firefighters attended, and it was confirmed by 18:30 BST on Friday that the blaze was out, just under four hours after it was reported. Library staff said it was not known how it began, but everyone was safe. Arwel Jones, director of public services at the library, said workers had been on the roof near to where the fire started, but it was impossible to say at the moment whether that was linked to the incident.

Arson arrest Sheffield ski centre

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson after Sheffield ski centre was set alight earlier this week.

The Ski Village in Vale Road was the scene of a conflagration on Wednesday (April 24th), with resulting investigations suggesting its cause was suspicious.Around 100 phone calls were made to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) as the fire's smoke filled the city's sky, making it visible to thousands of local residents.SYFR quickly responded with two crews from Central and one from Rivelin, spending around five hours tackling and putting out the blaze before leaving.

The conflagration centered on a shed and two large wooden outbuildings, both thought to be a part of the former children's playground. Nobody was hurt in the incident and the facility remains closed from two previous fires last year.

While there is no suggestion the ski centre hadn't been assessed, all non-domestic premises in England and Wales must have a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to reduce the risk of fire. If the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

LFB - sprinkler installation in care homes

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has revealed that there are more than ten fires a week in care homes across the capital, raising questions over whether more can be done to reduce the risk.

According to the emergency services, the majority of premises are not fitted with sprinklers, increasing the risk of injury to those living and working in these buildings.

The BBC reports that the LFB dealt with 540 fires in these homes last year alone, with two fatalities and 26 injured because of it.And with the Quality Care Commission's figures showing there are around 900 care homes for the elderly in the capital, local authorities are being urged to look at how things can be improved. Deputy Commissioner Rita Dexter told the news provider that changes must be made to guarantee the safety of those living in these properties.

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