Liverpool landlord fined for lack of fire alarm
Posted 25/04/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
Mr John Gregson, a landlord of a 3 storey block of flats (above a Chinese restaurant) in Liverpool, has been fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,000 after admitting breaching 5 fire safety regulations. My Gregson did not install a fire alarm after a fire broke out which almost resulted in death. Firefighters were called to the scene early in the morning and rescued residents one of which was a pensioner who wounded her knee while escaping. Prosecutor, Warren Spencer, said “It’s not as if there was a fire alarm that wasn’t working. There was no fire alarm.”
Mr Gregson admitted to not providing:
- an adequate fire safety separation
- fire risk assessment
- a working smoke detector
- fire-resistant doors
- emergency exits with emergency lights
Recorder Simon Medland QC stated “You have provided a comfortable and well-loved home for tenants over the last 30 years. Behind that façade is the undeniable fact there were gross breaches of the necessary fire regulations required. There was not even a fire alarm. It was a matter of blessing and chance that nobody was gravely injured or even killed.”
Later after the hearing fire safety officer, Stewart Martindale, said “Mr Gregson failed to provide even the most basic fire safety measures, including a working fire alarm and self-closing devices on flat doors. This led to a number of residents on the second floor being trapped by a fire within a flat because the escape routes became smoke-logged.”
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