Restaurant owner jailed for fire offences

11th March 2016

A businessman has been given a two month prison sentence after admitting a number of fire safety failings at a restaurant in Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) received a complaint about the safety of Mirch Massala restaurant in Mansfield Woodhouse. Officers visited the premises on 14 October 2013 and identified a number of deficiencies including the only escape staircase from the upper floor unprotected from any fire in the kitchen, a lack of adequate fire doors, a lack of fire detectors and alarms and a lack of emergency lighting.

NFRS issued a Prohibition Notice to the restaurant owner Gia Kamali, prevented the user of the upper floor, which was being used as sleeping accommodation and also stopping use of the first floor except as a store room. A follow up visit took place in April 2014, which found that the Prohibition Notices has been breached as the first floor was being uses as accommodation..

Kamali appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 4 February and admitted three breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. He was fined £15,000 and given a one month prison sentence for two breaches and a two month sentence for the final breach all to run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay £14,000 in costs.

In passing those sentences, the Judge gave credit for Mr Kamali’s guilty pleas and acknowledged the personal impact the sentence would have on him, coming the day after the birth of his third child. It was said that the sentences would have been greater but for these circumstances.

NFRS station manager Tom Clark said: ‘Prohibition Notices are extremely serious matters and, in the rare circumstances they are issued, must be taken seriously. They are only issued where there is an immediate risk to life or serious injury to those using the premises.’

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