Pub catches fire twice on the same night
Once can be an accident. Twice is carelessness.
29 Aug 2012Firefighters were called out to the same pub twice in one night on Tuesday August 28th following two separate blazes at the property.
According to the East London and West Essex Guardian Series, the first fire at the Spotted Dog in Epping broke out at around 6.40pm.
Crews arrived on the scene and managed to extinguish the flames in just 40 minutes.
However, they were called back again in much larger numbers around two hours later when a second, more serious blaze was reported. This time it took five hours to put out the fire.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, (The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 in Scotland, a fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties, including pubs.
If the assessment is deemed not to be 'suitable and sufficient' the Responsible Person (Duty Holder) in Scotland, can face up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine.
A joint investigation has now been launched between the London Fire Brigade and Essex Police to determine the cause of both incidents.