A landlord who pleaded guilty to 13 fire safety offences across seven properties has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence and a six-month night-time curfew. Lytham landlord Neal Gilligan owned seven properties sub-divided into flats in St Annes. Following a fire in December 2010 at one of the properties, fire safety officers found evidence of serious breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. These included inadequate fire risk assessments, fire alarms damaged or switched off, fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems and emergency lighting not being maintained in adequate condition., obstructions and combustibles (including a motorcycle) on escape routes, and inadequate fire separation.
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