14 July 2014

Fire crews were called to a blaze at a Chinese takeaway shop in West Yorkshire yesterday afternoon (13 July).

When firefighters arrived, the owner, who also lived above the shop, was found attempting to extinguish the fire.

The property did not have any smoke alarms.

Crews from Illingworth and Odsal attended the incident and put out the fire, which was in a kitchen and frying area.

There was some damage to the building’s extractor system.

A spokesperson for Illingworth fire station highlighted the necessity for all buildings to ensure that they have working smoke alarms installed. They said: “It’s vitally important that people regularly check their smoke alarms or get some fitted by ringing their local fire station.”

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.