08 August 2012
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson following a deadly fire at a disused hostel in London. The blaze broke out at the building on Lower Clapton Road in Hackney in the early hours of Sunday August 5th and around 40 fire fighters were called to the scene. There were a number of people in the former Salvation Army hostel at the time, one of whom was found dead. Another man jumped from a window to escape the flames and is in a critical condition in hospital, while a male and female were rescued from the blaze and are being treated for smoke inhalation.
A joint investigation between police and the London Fire Brigade is now underway and the arrested man remains in police custody.
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. Owners of empty and derelict buildings must also comply with the legislation. Where a 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.