UK Fire Safety News

Woman charged with murder after Birmingham fire

A 38-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with murder and attempted murder after a fatal house fire. Nusarat Bugum, 36, died in a suspected arson attack in Speedwell Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 5 November. A man, 34, and two women, aged 55 and 23, are in a stable condition in hospital, police said.

Nussrat Khatoon, of Heathfield Road, Kings Heath, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Sunday and is due at the city's crown court on Tuesday. She faces one charge of murder and three counts of attempted murder. A 30-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man arrested in relation to the fire remain on police bail. Miss Bugum was rescued from the fire but died in hospital, police said.

The West Midlands force said the three other people hurt in the blaze sustained serious injuries.

Surrey Mayford Village Fire

A fire which damaged a village hall in Surrey is being treated as suspicious, police have said. Surrey Fire and Rescue was called to Mayford Village Hall in Saunders Lane, Woking, at about 04:30 GMT on Sunday.

Surrey Police said most of the roof of the wooden building, which is used by community groups, was destroyed. Det Con Nick Swindals said: "This was a large fire which appears to have been deliberately started and has caused considerable damage".

Swindon Flat Fire - Woman Dies

A 32-year-old woman has died and a man has been severely injured in a fire at a flat in Swindon. Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to Hayward Close, Abbey Meads, at 01:39 GMT where a third-floor flat was on fire.

The man, 25, was taken by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital near Bristol with severe burns. He is said to be in a critical condition. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Wiltshire Police said officers helped to evacuate other residents from their homes. The building has been sealed off. Formal identification of the woman has yet to take place but police said they had informed her family. Witnesses said they heard shouting approximately 20 minutes before rescue services arrived. "It sounded like a woman. It's not the sort of thing that you would normally hear around here at that time of the night," said one man.The cause of the fire at Thorley Court in Abbey Meads, Swindon, is being investigated

Hertfordshire Fires near Potters Crouch

Firefighters in Hertfordshire are tackling two major fires near St Albans. A large pile of wood has been on fire at a recycling centre at Appspond Land, Potters Crouch, since about midnight on Saturday. A quantity of plastic crates is burning in the yard of a nursery at Station Road, Smallford. Smoke from the fires can be seen from a long distance away and by drivers on the nearby M1, A1(M) and A414 roads.

A Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said a 20ft (6m) high pile of wood was on fire at Potters Crouch. She said the smoke was not hazardous but the fire was expected to burn for several more days.

Burned out motor causes hotel fire in Kidderminster

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

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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