Fires in commercial properties that are attended by fire crews don’t always result in huge fines being imposed but following a fire at Cavell House, a two storey residential care home in Shoreham by Sea, fire safety inspecting officers were not impressed with what they saw.

Orchard Care operate the home for 46 residents and a fire broke out in the kitchen in April 2014; following the fire the chef reported that there were a range of fire safety issues with the fire alarm and other items linked to the fire alarm.

Repair work that was meant to have been completed within a short space of time and when West Sussex Fire & Rescue inspecting officers visited again they discovered that the residents remained at risk and came across other fire safety concerns in addition to the work that had not taken place.

Fire authorities prefer to work with businesses in helping them to achieve fire safety compliance but the owners of Cavell House disregarded the advice, guidance and time scales that West Sussex Fire & Rescue imposed on the home to resolve the problems and they were forced to take enforcement action.

The earlier hearing was at Worthing Magistrates Court but the sentencing at Chichester Crown Court was on Friday March 10th 2017 where the owners admitted the fire safety breaches.


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