Guilty plea after fatal care home fire.

The owner of the Newgrange Care Home in Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt, pleaded guilty to 5 offences against fire safety  legislation after 2 residents died in a fire at the home in 2017.

An electrical fault caused a fire to break out which spread quickly to the roof space of the home. At the time 35 elderly residents were in the home, 30 were not  independently    mobile & 5 were over 100 years old.
33 residents were rescued by the fire service but   tragically,  2 residents died.
Newgrange of Cheshunt admitted that they breached their duty imposed by fire safety law & that the breaches were such that they put the residents of the care home at risk of death or serious harm. The company was fined £175,000 concurrent and ordered to pay £170 victim surcharge. They will also have to pay reasonable prosecution costs but these are subject to further negotiation. More