Thursday, 12 July 2012

Brighton woman convicted for breaches of fire safety legislation

A Brighton woman was today convicted for breaches of fire safety legislation following a fire at her business premises on Brighton seafront in April 2011.

A serious fire that required eight pumping appliances to bring under control took place in the Beach Break Café, 158 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, on the afternoon of 21st April 2011. The fire engulfed the café, placing persons at risk and also required a number of neighbouring premises to be evacuated.

Local businesswoman, Ms. Samantha Coull, pleaded guilty to six offences at Brighton Magistrates Court regarding breaches of fire safety legislation that led to the fire occurring and lives being put at risk. Sentencing has been adjourned until 9th August. 

Business owners across the City of Brighton & Hove and East Sussex are being advised to pay attention to their legal fire safety obligations to ensure that the likelihood of fire in their premises is reduced and that an escape from their premises can be conducted in a timely and safe manner in the event of a fire occurring. Advice on how to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 can be found on the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service website which also contains details of all local Fire Safety Offices, where additional advice and information can be obtained.

Richard Fowler, Head of Protection for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service stated; “East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to remind all owners and occupiers of buildings of their legal responsibility to protect themselves, their staff and their property against the risk of fire. The public should continue to be reassured that we take any breaches of fire safety legislation very seriously.

It is disappointing that Ms Coull failed to fulfil her statutory duties to reduce the risk of fire at her business premises, as this failure resulted in a number of lives, including her own, being put at significant risk.”

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