A fine of £35,000 has been given to a care home owner who risked resident’s safety after several breaches in regulations were found after a fire at the property last year.

DM Care, The Ambassador Care Home in South Shore were given the maximum fine possible for the breaches which included an emergency exit being blocked by a Santa’s grotto and having no approved fire protection systems and alarms in place.

Luckily no one was injured in the fire however 40 people in the care home had to be led to safety by fire-fighters during the incident.

Paul Ratcliffe, protection support manager for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The sentencing of DM Care is the culmination of a fire safety inspection in the aftermath of a fire which disclosed significant breaches of fire safety regulations that the prosecuting magistrate said could so easily have resulted in the loss of life.

“The substantial total of fines with costs of £40,375 is the highest amount we have seen imposed in cases such as this in Lancashire.”

Source: www.fia.uk.com

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