Landlords admit fire precaution failures at properties

Ajit Singh appears at Northampton Crown court in relation to failing to implement correct fire precautions in houses across Kettering.
Ajit Singh appears at Northampton Crown court in relation to failing to implement correct fire precautions in houses across Kettering.
2
Have your say

Three men have pleaded guilty to fire safety failings in a number of homes across Kettering, including one landlord who was responsible for a property where a young boy died following a blaze.

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

Waldemar Ordynowski

Waldemar Ordynowski

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.

During the inquest into his death, fire investigation officer Ian O’Donovan said the home did have a smoke detector but the battery had been disconnected and, in his opinion, had it been working, it would have given sufficient warning for the family to evacuate.

Singh pleaded guilty to failing to take general fire precautions in the property in Edinburgh Road.

He also admitted the charge for properties in Havelock Street, Wood Street, Wellington Street, Regent Street, Leicester Street, Mill Road, Digby Street and Kings Walk, at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday.

Huseyin Ozzengin

Huseyin Ozzengin

Huseyin Ozzengin, of Swinburne Close, Kettering, also pleaded guilty to the same charge regarding properties in Havelock Street, Wood Street, Wellington Street, Regent Street, and Leicester Street.

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

Singh also faced the same charge for the property in Wellington Street but pleaded not guilty.

Waldemar Ordynowski, of Naseby Road, Kettering, had previously pleaded guilty to 15 charges of breaches of fire and safety regulations.

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

The failing to take general fire precaution charges against the defendants relate to breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

Under the order the person responsible for a property must ensure adequate fire alarms and protectors are in place in a property, adequate emergency escape routes and exits are in place, and adequate fire compartmenation is in place, to prevent the spread of fire and smoke.

All three defendants will be sentenced in August.

Neighbours’ grief at death