Former Liverpool Fire Fighter Fined for Fire Hazard Back
On July 16th former firefighter Adrian Webb and his wife Lynn were fined for breaching basic fire safety laws. Shockingly, Webb served as a firefighter for nineteen years between 1986 and 2005. He gave up his career in the fire service in order to pursue his dream of renting out residential houses and flats. In the course of a decade Webb has thus switched from saving lives to now endangering lives.
Webb, 51, and his wife Lynn, 49, were each fined £8,000 and ordered to pay the council’s costs amounting to £1,326.
The fine related to three flats on Rice Lane, Liverpool. The flats began life as a single house.
The fire hazards related to a lack of fire doors, no fire alarm and a key-operated lock on a fire exit. The flats also lacked space heating, thus breaching the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
No fire risk assessment had been carried. Therefore the Webbs were in breach of the Fire Safety Order 2005.
Pictures of the deadly flats are shown below:
Liverpool council described the Webb’s breach as a ‘flagrant breach of fire safety regulations.’
The council first learned of these breaches back in July 2014 when one of its environmental health officers visited the flats. A ‘Prohibitory Order’ was issued preventing the Webbs from renting the flats until corrective measures were taken to eliminate the fire safety concerns.
However, the council discovered the Webbs had ignored the order by renting the flats out in December 2014.
Following a further visit by an environmental health officer it was discovered no corrective action had been taken and tenancy now occupied the flats.
Cllr Frank Hont, cabinet member for housing, said: “This was a flagrant breach of safety regulations which put tenants’ lives at risk and the fines imposed in this case show the court has taken a very serious view of it.”
“People have a right to live in safe and well-maintained property and we will have no hesitation in taking action against landlords who endanger people’s safety.”
The Webbs were prosecuted at Liverpool magistrates in their absence.
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