Somerset

Care home fined £100,000 after blocking fire exits

Hillview Care Home, Burnham-on-Sea Image copyright Google
Image caption Almondsbury Care Ltd had failed to protect its staff, the court was told

A care home has been fined £100,000 after fire doors and escape routes were blocked.

Charges were brought against Almondsbury Care Ltd, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, after a routine inspection of staff accommodation.

District judge David Taylor told Taunton Magistrates' Court that the company knew its premises had a whole range of "abundantly obvious" failures.

Fire safety officers said the company had failed to protect its staff.

During an inspection, fire safety officers found the three-storey house, adjacent to Hillview Nursing Home on Berrow Road, did not have a sufficient fire detection and warning system.

Inspectors also discovered fire exit doors could not be opened, there was a lack of fire resisting doors and cupboards were blocking escape routes.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it "would not tolerate those that put lives at risk".

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