Fire warning over DIY loft conversions

Nottinghamshire residents are being warned about the dangers of carrying out DIY loft extensions after crews struggled to access a fire.

The landlord of a house in Aspley was issued a prohibition notice for converting the loft into a bedroom without council permission.

The property caught fire and firefighters could not access the loft as the hatch space was too narrow.

A Gedling Borough Council spokesman said conversions had to be safe.

"A loft conversion can be a cost-effective way of creating more space within a house but it is essential the room is safe for people to use it," said David Ewing, building control manager at Gedling Borough Council.

"Carrying out work without the necessary permissions may also invalidate their house insurance in the event of a fire or structural problems."

A prohibition notice means a loft space and/or property cannot be occupied until the loft meets building regulation standards.

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