Landlord faces £250,000 record fine

A management firm and corporate landlord are facing staggering record fines of £250,000, following a flat fire that saw thirteen people rescued.

Eight fire engines and more than 60 firefighters were called out to tackle the blaze that broke out during the early hours of the 21st February 2011. A total of thirteen people had to be rescued and lead to safety by fire crews.

Several fire safety failings were found within the property by fire safety inspectors, they revealed there was no fire alarm or fire detection system within the flats or the communal areas of the building. It was also noted that the doors to the individual flats offered inadequate protection to the escape route and there was no fire risk assessment in place for the building, putting tenants at severe risk of death or serious injury.

Dan Daly, the LFB assistant commissioner for fire safety stated “Hopefully the size of the fine handed down in this case will send a strong message to other private landlords who ignore their fire safety responsibilities in such a brazen way.”

Thankfully no one was injured during the ordeal.

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