Boy’s house fire death: landlord jailed

The scene outside the house fire in  Edinburgh Road, Kettering, that claimed the life of a seven-year-old boy.
The scene outside the house fire in Edinburgh Road, Kettering, that claimed the life of a seven-year-old boy.

A landlord has been jailed for nine months for fire safety failings in a number of homes across Kettering, including a property where a young boy died following a blaze,

Ajit Singh, of Cleveland Avenue, Kettering, was jailed for failing to take general fire precautions in properties in nine streets in Kettering.

One of the properties, in Edinburgh Road, caught fire on May 22 last year and a seven-year-old boy , Mateusz Wlodarczyk, died in the blaze.

Northampton Crown Court heard during sentencing on Wednesday, September 25, that there was only one fire detector in the house in Edinburgh Road and the battery was disconnected.

The court also heard that there was no fire doors on the premises and the front door could only be opened from the inside with a key, preventing a means of escape for the occupants.

Safety failings were also discovered in Singh’s properties in Havelock Street, Wood Street, Wellington Street, Regent Street, Leicester Street, Mill Road, Digby Street, and Kings Walk, in Kettering.

Two other men, who acted as ‘property managers’ for Singh were also sentenced for the same charge today.

Commenting outside of court, Martyn Emberson, chief fire officer of Northants Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This case clearly demonstrates how seriously fire safety breaches are viewed by the courts. I hope it sends a clear message out to landlords and managing agents across Northamptonshire.

“We pro-actively look for suspected HMOs because we know these are the highest risk premises, housing vulnerable people who are being exploited by landlords who wont fit fire doors, or fire alarm systems.

“These simple precautions are affordable and would save the lives of their tenants should fire occur.

“Where we find systematic non-compliance, or a severe breach, putting lives at risk we will take enforcement action and in the serious cases we will prosecute those responsible.”

Husseyin Ozzengin, of Swinburne Close, Kettering, was sentenced for failing to take general fire precautions at Singh’s properties in Havelock Street, Wood Street, Wellington Street, Regent Street, and Leicester Street.

He also faced another charge of “failing to comply with a restriction imposed by a prohibition notice” on a property in Wellington Street.

Ozzengin was handed a four month sentence, suspended for 12 months at Northampton Crown Court today.

He was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Waldemar Ordynowski, of Naseby Road, Kettering, was sentenced to three months, suspended for 12 months.

His charges relate to properties in Mill Road, Digby Street, and Kings Walk in Kettering.

He was also ordered to do 175 hours of unpaid work.