Hotel Fined Â£260,000 after landmark Fire Safety Court Trial
Posted on Friday 17th February 2012
Hotel Fined Â£260,000 after landmark fire safety trial
The Chumleigh Lodge Hotel in Finchley North London has been ordered to pay more than Â£260,000 in fines and costs after committing a number of offences under the Fire Safety Order.
The offences date back to May 2008 when a fire in the hotel spread quickly from a first floor guest bedroom. No one was injured in the blaze.
Chumleigh Lodge Hotel Limited was found guilty of the following offences:
- Failure to provide staff with adequate safety training
- Failure to ensure emergency routes from the premises are kept clear
- Failure to adequately equip premises with 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.
Sole Director Michael Wilson was found guilty ?of consent or connivance in the commission? of the same offences above.
The case is believed to be the first jury trial of a case under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order of 2005.