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.