Landlord pays £27,000 for breaches after tenants' lucky escape 08/03/2011

A landlord has been ordered to pay £20,000 in fines after a fire caused his tenants to flee the property for their lives. On 24 April last year, six tenants were forced to escape the upstairs flats during an electrical fire which took 50 firefighters to extinguish. Investigations found the blaze was started by faulty electrics and that it was not connected with a Thai restaurant on the ground floor of the property.  more info

Suspended prison sentence for restaurant fire safety breaches 07/03/2011

The owner of a south Wales restaurant has been sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and 250 hours community service after being convicted of 13 offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Abdul Kadir, owner of the Raj Gate restaurant in Cwmbran, pleaded guilty to the offences at Cardiff Crown Court on 25th February.   more info

Recycling firm pays out more than £60,000 in fire safety breaches 24/02/2011

A waste recycling company has been fined £40,000 plus costs after pleading guilty to 16 breaches of the Fire Safety Order. An investigation carried out by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service found that the company’s premises, which was used for paper recycling, had poor means of escape, a number of blocked fire exits and a disabled fire alarm, among other offences. more info