A family from Liverpool have been left devastated after the business they have been building up for almost a century was gutted in a huge fire.
According to the Liverpool Echo, printing firm S Barber and Co. Ltd was one of several industrial units to go up in flames on an estate on Lipton Close in Bootle. The blaze broke out in the early hours of July 30th and firefighters from eight crews spent four hours battling it using water from the nearby Leeds-Liverpool canal. Along with the unit where the fire started, the printers was the worst hit on the site. The owner of the building said that it is now a "black hole".
Demolition crews have been visiting the site and it is believed that they may pull down at least two of the units. The fire is not being treated as suspicious.
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. If the 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.