Old people's home in Cornwall damaged in blaze
19 Jun 2012
An old people's home in Cornwall has been damaged after a large-scale fire broke out in the utilities room over the weekend.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called to the single-storey building on Barbican Road, Looe, at about 3.30pm on Saturday (16th June) after the alarm was raised.
Crews from across the county battled the blaze for over two hours before bringing the flames under control at around 6pm.
They managed to confine the fire, which appears to be accidental, to a launderette at the complex of 11 self-contained flats. No injuries have been reported so far.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in England and Wales.
If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.
An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.