Hotel pays £260,000 in landmark fire safety trial

A London hotel has had to pay more than £260,000 in fines and costs. The hotel and its sole director, had pleaded guilty to a total of 12 offences under the Fire Safety Order 2005.

The trial took place at Blackfriars Crown Court between 28th November and 6th December 2011 and sentencing was held on Monday 6th February.

The offences date back to 18 May 2008 when the London Fire Brigade was called to a fire at the hotel. The blaze had spread quickly from a first floor guest bedroom, up a staircase to the floor above and along a cooridor.

Following the blaze, fire safety inspectors visited the hotel and raised a number of concerns. These included defective fire doors, blocked escape routes and no smoke alarms in some of the hotel's bedrooms. Mr Wilson was also unable to produce a sufficient fire risk assessment and was found not to have provided staff with adequate fire training.

Offences that the hotel and Director were found gulity of included:

  • Failiure to make a suitable fire risk assessment
  • Failure to provide staff with adequate training
  • Failure to ensure emergency routes from premises are kept clear
  • Failure to adequatley equip premises wih fire detectors
  • Two counts of failure to ensure premises, facilities, equipment or devices are maintained in an efficient state, in working order and in good repair

By leematthews in Newsletters