Fire at retirement complex triggers evacuation of elderly.

Fire at retirement complex triggers mass evacuation of elderly.

Some 150 people had to be evacuated when a devastating fire broke out at Beechmere supported living complex in Crewe.

More than 70 firefighters worked through the night to tackle a blaze in response to being alerted to a fire in the roof of the complex shortly after 4.30pm yesterday.

Neighbours as well as fire fighters helped get elderly residents out of the burning building which is home to 50 residents.

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Wembley care home fined £57,000 over fatal fire.

Wembley care home fined £57,000 over fatal fire.

A resident died following a fire in his room.

London Fire Brigade said the home, which is operated by Lee Valley Care Services, had been warned about safety failings prior to the fire which led to the death of a resident.

Following a visit to Queens Court in November 2015, fire inspecting officers raised concerns around fire doors, fire safety management and a lack of a  proper fire risk assessment at the home.
An audit by fire safety officers following the fire found no evidence the home had been working on the issues raised.
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Care homes in the frame for fire safety improvements

MP’s have called on Government to extend fire safety regulations in care homes.

In a debate on fire sprinklers in care homes, Sarah Jones (Croydon Central) (Lab) demanded an extension of the ban on flammable cladding to care homes.

According to research, sprinklers in care homes have been found to be cost-effective. In Wales, it has been law since 2013 to fit automatic fire suppression systems in
newly-built care homes.
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Care home prosecuted over ‘string’ of fire safety issues.


Tapely care Home in Liverpool was prosecuted after it broke a series of fire safety regulations, and put its residents ‘at risk’.

Failures identified included: failing to maintain fire separation in cupboard   ceilings, corridors walls, the ground floor store room and the basement; failing to provide ‘appropriate’ fire detectors and alarms; a failure to remove combustible materials from a means of escape; failure to provide an ‘adequate’ fire door with ‘appropriate’ safety strips and seals; a failure to ensure the facility was ‘subject to a suitable system of maintenance, in efficient working order & good state of repair’.

Despite this & the home’s guilty plea, due to ‘concerns about a very large fine having a detrimental impact on service users’ the fine was set at £6,000 plus costs.
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NFCC calls for sprinkler law change

AHEAD OF a debate in Parliament on fire safety and sprinklers, the National Fire Chiefs Council has said that England is lagging behind Scotland and Wales when it comes to the inclusion of sprinklers and calls for a change in legislation.

According to NFCC, England needs to come into line with Scotland and Wales, who have both introduced a reduction in height restriction for the fitting of sprinklers, and in some cases the requirement for mandatory installation in flats and specialised dwellings, such as care homes.  NFCC also want to see sprinklers fitted in schools for property protection in addition to life safety, along with being fitted in facilities providing waste management and recycling.

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