Companies face prosecution after fire destroyed Cheshire retirement village

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is prosecuting six companies for failing to comply with the Fire Safety (Regulatory Reform) Order 2005, following an investigation into a major fire that destroyed Beechmere retirement village in Crewe in August 2019.

The fire in August 2019 was one of the biggest ever attended by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service with 70 firefighters deployed at its height to bring it under control. More than 150 residents lost their homes and possessions and while none were injured, the impact on their lives has been significant.

The investigation into the cause of the fire and establish any potential breaches of fire safety legislation has been a long and complex process, said the service, owing to the scale of the fire and the number of parties involved in designing, building, maintaining and managing the building.

All six companies will appear at Warrington Magistrates Court on 8 August.