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fire safety failings lead to £40k fine
A man who failed to provide adequate fire safety measures at flats where two people had to be rescued from a serious fire in Mossley Hill last year was handed a £40k fine, in a case brought by MFRS.
John Gregson, of Tanat Drive in Liverpool, appeared before Liverpool Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to five charges including failure to maintain adequate fire safety separation, failure to carry out a fire risk assessment, failure to maintain a working smoke alarm, failure to provide fire- resistant doors and failure to provide emergency exits with emergency lighting.
The court heard how Firefighters were called to a second- floor flat above a business premises on Russell Road in Mossley Hill, Liverpool in the early hours of Friday, January 16 2015 after a fire broke out in the living room.
Three fire engines attended the scene and crews wearing breathing apparatus used ladders to rescue two people from the smoke-logged flats. They extinguished the fire using hose reel jets.
The fire, which started accidentally and involved a television, caused smoke and heat damage to the flat and communal corridors of the property.
A prohibition notice was served to John Gregson, owner of the three-storey property, and he was subsequently summonsed to appear before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court
where he pleaded guilty to five charges.
Gregson was handed a £40,000 fine and told to pay full legal costs of £5937.50 to MFRS.
Suspended prison for dance event leaseholder
The leaseholder of a Liverpool property who used his basement for a dance event was handed suspended prison sentences for failing to take adequate fire precautions, in a case brought by MFRS.
Andrew Jones, of St Domingo Vale in Liverpool, appeared before Liverpool Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to 12 charges including failure to take general fire precautions, failure to carry out a suitable risk assessment at the premises, failure to ensure the safety of people on the premises and failure to provide emergency routes and exits.
The court heard how Firefighters were called to the property on the morning of July 6, 2014 where around 60 people had attended the event the night before.
Crews found combustible materials on the walls and ceilings of the basement and no discernible means of escape.
Further investigations revealed the property lacked adequate fire precautions, emergency lighting, any methods of raising the alarm in the event of a fire and that there were electrical leads trailing across the floor.
A prohibition notice was served to Andrew Jones, leaseholder of the property, and he was subsequently
summonsed to appear before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to all charges.
Jones was handed custodial sentences of 12 months per offence to run concurrently, reduced to eight months per offence due to his early guilty plea. The sentences are suspended for two years.
He was also given a two-year supervision order, ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and instructed to pay a fine of £1,200. He was ordered to take part in a training skills programme.
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