Officers visited the house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Small Heath in November and found there to be no interlinked fire alarm, fire doors or fire blanket, and a lack of fire separation
Officers visited the house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Small Heath in November and discovered there was no interlinked fire alarm, fire doors or fire blanket, and a lack of fire separation
in the building.
Resolving issues of the structural stability of leaning walls, the achievement of fire separation
and sound insulation between flats, and the enabling of safe emergency escape routes, while at the same time respecting the historic character of the buildings, is a complicated and time-consuming process.
West Yorkshire Fire Service took action against the building after receiving a "compartmentation survey." Compartmentation is the term used to describe the high degree of fire separation
between flats and the common parts and is achieved by making each flat a fire-resisting enclosure.
Officials visiting the building - which also included a shop - found multiple trip hazards, a damaged fire separation
, potentially dangerous electrics and food safety issues during their inspection at the Abbey Hey Lane property.
The inspection found that the care home had failed to maintain adequate fire separation
in the cupboard ceilings, corridor walls, ground floor store room and basement or provide appropriate fire detectors and alarms.
When installed in a garage ceiling, this thin wooden membrane replaces a portion of the fire-resistant drywall, thereby compromising the fire separation
"We provide a range of TIC services for building architectural elements, as well as for fire separation
and material safety.
These assessed the need for further works to fire walls and floors, fire separation
, protected corridors and stairs, fire detectors and alarms, storage and communal areas, installation of fire boxes, improvements to stairwell ventilation and improvements to signage.
This included a failure to carry out a written fire risk assessment, a failure to have a working fire alarm and detection system in place, storage of combustible items within in the means of escape, inadequate fire separation
, lack of fire training of employees and a failure to comply with an enforcement notice.
Firefighters who inspected the Jim's Landing Apartments never identified the major violations fire marshals discovered late last year, such as problems with the electrical system, lack of a central heating system, and walls that fail to meet fire separation
standards, the records show.