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Agency fined £40,000 after death of woman in block

A property managing agent has been ordered to pay £40,000 following the death of a woman at a fire at a block of flats on London’s Isle of Dogs.

Sophie Rosser, 23, died following the fire which broke out at the block in August 2012. The victim, who lived on the fifth floor of the building with her partner and flat mate, was found unconscious on the fourth floor of the building.

She was found by by crews wearing breathing apparatus who carried her from the building. 


She was then treated at the scene by London’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service before being taken to hospital where she later died. 

Parc Properties Management Ltd, the managing agency for Meridian Place Management Ltd, were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court last month after pleading guilty to two offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) 2005. 

Vance Miller, who completed a fire risk assessment for PPML at Meridian Place in 2008, also pleaded guilty to one offence under the RRO. 

Lee Drawbridge, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, said after the agency was fined: “Building owners have a responsibility to ensure regular fire risk assessments are undertaken which will help ensure that buildings have appropriate fire protective measures in place.”


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