The Wizard pub in Nether Alderley has been prosecuted for its failure to provide appropriate fire safety measures.
Wizard Pub Fined for Fire Safety Breach
The case was brought against the Bispham Green Brewery Company Ltd after a member of staff reported a fire at the pub just after midnight on Wednesday 16th August 2016. Fire crews attended the scene quickly. On their arrival they discovered a fire had broken out in the kitchen. The member of staff who reported the fire had managed to safely exit the building, but they had some difficulty in doing so – they had to go back to the first floor twice occasions to retrieve keys as fire exits has been locked.
Numerous Fire Safety Breaches
Fire crews noted a number of fire safety issues at the pub. A prohibition notice was issued to prevent anyone from living or sleeping at the premises until the problems were solved. In its post-fire inspection, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) found several shortfalls, including locked fire exits, inadequate fire separation between the floors and a missing fire alarm system in the staff’s living quarters. Bispham Green Brewery Company Ltd admitted they had breached the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in a hearing at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court in Crewe and were fined a total of £38,430 plus CFRS’s costs of £3,453. In his summary, District Judge Sanders said that “the lack of appropriate fire safety measures led to a serious risk of harm” and that the problems amounted to “a dangerous cocktail in the event of a fire”. He highlighted the to life during the fire, saying that the member of staff was “lucky to have been awake” when the fire broke out.
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