Deaths by Fire – Inquests

A number of deaths investigated by coroners each year have been caused by fire. Fire can start due to arson, faulty wiring, faulty repairs, a failure to upgrade equipment or undertake risk assessments, a general lack of concern for safety, or other reasons.

Owners of premises are meant to comply with certain legislation (including the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005), to safeguard occupants. If they have not done so they may have breached the requirements. The fire brigade will usually provide expert evidence to the coroner. In some instances, a person or company that has fallen into error will have to answer for their sub-optimal actions or omissions.

Inquest Representation Service can provide advice on the requirements of owners of premises to meet the fire prevention and management regulations and on the evidence that they will need to collate where they have been in breach.

We can also advise families on the best way of exploring the evidence at an inquest, to demonstrate the failures of others in fire prevention and fire procedures.

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