06 August 2012
A joint investigation between police and local fire authorities has been launched following a fire at a bus depot in Devon last week.
The blaze broke out at Paignton bus station in the early hours of Monday July 30th, damaging three buses - a single decker and two double deckers - worth £120,000 in total. Fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames using three appliances. Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the fire is being treated as suspected arson and its cause is now under investigation.
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. This includes transportation terminals and interchanges, such as bus and coach stations. If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison. Visit our knowledge base to read more on Preventing Arson.