7th March 2017 – Hurtwood Fire – Surrey
Mixing living accommodation with business premises can be done but it has to be correctly assessed in terms of providing an environment that is safe from the effects of fire anywhere on the premises.
The process requires a degree of experience in fire safety and knowledge of building regulations, fire alarms systems and The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 amongst other subjects. However, the the owners of the office unit in Thames House, Ashford, Middlesex thought they knew enough until challenged by Inspecting Officers from Surrey Fire & Rescue.
At #Redhill Magistrates Court, Zudong Liu one of the Directors of HJ Tenger Holdings Ltd, pleaded guilty to three charges under the fire safety order and was fined, including court costs, a little over £17,500.00.
The offences related to a lack of fire detection, insufficient general fire precautions and blocked fire exit routes despite an order being issued by the fire service prohibiting sleeping on the premises. The property was vacant but it still remains the responsibility of the owner/person in control of the building to ensure that a fire risk assessment is completed; although the occupants were employees of a restaurant group, it remains that the fire safety order applied.