Care home owners fined over £22,000 for fire safety breaches

Friday, 25 February 2011

The owners of a residential care home in Newcastle have been found guilty of breaching fire safety regulations and have been fined over £22,000.

Linda Parkin - the manager of the Bowland Lodge on Western Avenue was found guilty of one charge - and Tirsul Ltd, who own the establishment, were found guilty of five charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Act 2005, reports Fire magazine.

Darren Boddy, group manager at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, told the news provider that the fire brigade must promote fire safety but also sometimes have to take recourse to the courts.

The total fine for Ms Parkin was £2,400, while Tirsul Ltd was ordered to pay £18,750, plus costs of around £1,600.

"We try to work with organisations to create the safest community, and our enforcement programme is proportionate to the risk involved," he said.

"However, where there are serious or regular breaches of fire regulations which endanger lives we will take legal action."

One of the fire safety breaches was that a designated fire exit had been nailed shut and fitted with a padlock.

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