A guest house owner has been fined after admitting a number of fire safety breaches according to getreading.co.uk.

Derrick Rands, joint owner of Wokingham Guest House, in Oxford Road, appeared before Reading Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday accused of five charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 following inspections by Royal Berkshire Fire Authority (RBFA) between February 11 and September 16, 2013.

The inspection found there was inadequate fire protection provision for fire escape routes, inadequate maintenance of fire resisting doors, failure to carry out a fire risk assessment and inadequate maintenance of the emergency lighting system.

Rands admitted the five charges relating to failure to comply with an enforcement notice. He was fined £1,550 and ordered to pay £1,400 court costs plus a £50 victim surcharge.

District Judge Andrew Vickers heard that between the period of February and September 2013, Rands had continued to breach fire safety regulations by failing to comply with the requirements of the enforcement notice. This continued breach of fire safety regulations had placed up 24 people at risk of death or serious injury from fire.