10 November 2014

The cause of the fire, which broke out in a block of flats and killed an elderly man, is still being investigated.

Firefighters were called to the fire in a block of residential flats in Eltham,  London, yesterday evening.

A man in his eighties, who was found in the living room of a ground floor flat, was pronounced dead at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.

Fourteen firefighters and officers attended the scene from Lee Green and Sidcup fire stations. 

The Brigade was called at 19.55pm and the fire was under control by 20.41pm.

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.