Enforcement Notice Saved Lives

A Blackpool Indian takeaway owner has been fined £9000 and ordered to pay £2607 costs after pleading guilty to 9 charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Muhammad Attique, the owner of Tazy’s takeaway on Church Street, had used the premises to provide accommodation for his employees.

The takeaway was inspected following a fire on 15th November 2012. During the inspection fire officers found two residents locked in their rooms, unaware that a fire in broken out in the kitchen of the takeaway. Smoke from the fire had spread through the building due to the absence of adequate fire doors and fire separation between the ground floor and first floor.

Warren Spencer, prosecuting on behalf of Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service, told the court that fire officers found a number of breaches of the RRO, in that the premises did not contain a fire alarm, and that a fire risk assessment had not been completed. Out of date fire extinguishers and inadequate fire doors were found throughout the premises.

As a result, an enforcement notice was issued ensuring that certain works carried out prior to the premises being reused as living accommodation. As a result the residents were told to leave the property and find alternative living arrangements. Subsequently another fire occurred at the same premises on January 1, 2013.

Deputy District Judge Barr, told Attique that the serving of the notice had undoubtedly saved lives and that his decision to allow residents to live above the takeaway without the proper fire safety precautions was tantamount to gross negligence. Source: Fire Safety Lawyer

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