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Burned out motor causes hotel fire in Kidderminster

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A burned-out motor was found to be the cause of a fire at a hotel in Kidderminster earlier this week. Fire fighters were called to the Mercure Hotel at 1.30pm on Monday August 6th where they discovered a blaze in the plant room at the swimming pool. According to the Express and Star newspaper, crews used a jet and a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher to bring the flames under control. Because the pool is located in a separate building away from the main hotel, there was no need to evacuate guests or staff members.

A 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years if the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent.

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Arrest of suspected arsonist - London hostel fire

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Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson following a deadly fire at a disused hostel in London. The blaze broke out at the building on Lower Clapton Road in Hackney in the early hours of Sunday August 5th and around 40 fire fighters were called to the scene. There were a number of people in the former Salvation Army hostel at the time, one of whom was found dead. Another man jumped from a window to escape the flames and is in a critical condition in hospital, while a male and female were rescued from the blaze and are being treated for smoke inhalation.

A joint investigation between police and the London Fire Brigade is now underway and the arrested man remains in police custody.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales. Owners of empty and derelict buildings must also comply with the legislation. Where a fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.

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Investigation into Fire at Bus Depot in Paignton

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A joint investigation between police and local fire authorities has been launched following a fire at a bus depot in Devon last week.

The blaze broke out at Paignton bus station in the early hours of Monday July 30th, damaging three buses - a single decker and two double deckers - worth £120,000 in total. Fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames using three appliances. Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the fire is being treated as suspected arson and its cause is now under investigation.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales. This includes transportation terminals and interchanges, such as bus and coach stations. If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison. Visit our knowledge base to read more on Preventing Arson.

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Concerns on lack of information from developers

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Concerns have been raised about the lack of information being passed on from developers to building occupiers about fire safety once construction of a building is complete. The Passive Fire Protection Federation ( PFPF ) believes more must be done to raise awareness of the legal rights and responsibilities both parties have. Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations states that the person carrying out work on a new building must pass on relevant fire safety information to the occupiers of the building. Specifically these details must be given to the Responsible Person whose job it is to ensure that a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment is carried out on the property under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The Chairman for the PFPF pointed out that Regulation 38 is not just a recommendation, but a legal requirement on building developers. "This information can greatly improve the building occupier's understanding of the safety precautions installed within a building," he remarked.

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Flats evacuated following takeaway fire in Keighley

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Flats above a takeaway restaurant in West Yorkshire had to be evacuated on the evening of Thursday August 2nd after a grill in the kitchen caught fire. According to Keighley News, the blaze broke out at Raja's Pizza Bar on Cavendish Street in Keighley town centre and firefighters were called to the scene at around 9.30pm. Crews spent four hours battling the flames and were forced to cut away the floorboards in the upstairs flats to ensure the fire did not spread further. Everyone got out ok.

Smoke spread to the flats above as well as an adjacent building. Initial investigations point to a build-up of grease and fat behind the grill's ventilation canopy as the likely causeof the fire

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales. If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

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Care home fined over £10,000

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Failure to meet fire safety regulations despite a warning from local enforcement officers has led to a fine of more than £10,000 for the owners of a care home in South Yorkshire.

The owners of the nursing home in the village of Kendray, pleaded guilty to three separate breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The company had failed to provide a suitable fire risk assessment, and had also neglected to put in place adequate fire emergency procedures and fix defective fire doors. "These breaches were so serious that had there been a fire at the home there was a real danger that residents would have been seriously injured or worse," said a representative of the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. He also issued a warning to other care homes that "swift action" would be taken by the authorities if fire safety regulations are not adhered to.

For further information of fire safety in care homes visit our Care Home service page.

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