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Companies Fined Over Fire Safety Failings

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Three separate companies have been fined a combined £670,000 after admitting fire safety failings at student accommodation.

Trinity Hall in Leeds was reported by the parent of a student due to fire safety concerns.

This week a judge at Leeds Crown Court described the situation in 2016 as having "potential for catastrophe".

The owners of the building, Trinity Developments Ltd, admitted four safety breaches including, failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, failing to take precautions to make sure the premises were safe from risk of fire, failing to provide an appropriate fire detection and alarm system, and failing to provide enough fire escape routes.

Niche Homes Ltd, who managed and let the building, admitted the same breaches.

APP Construction Ltd, who designed and built the scheme, also admitted to failing to provide an adequate number of fire escape routes and exits.

At the time, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service inspects issued a prohibition order and students had to leave for their own safety. However, acceptable safety measures are now in place.