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Closure Order granted on flat following kitchen fires

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Kettering Borough Council has successfully applied to the Magistrates Court for a closure order for a flat in Judith Road, Kettering following a series of alcohol related kitchen fires.

The closure order for the property was granted by Northampton Magistrates’ Court on 21 May 2018. The order is valid for three months and makes it a criminal offence for any person including the tenant to enter the address.

The Magistrates were satisfied that making the order was necessary in order to prevent neighbouring residents being placed at risk of a serious fire caused by tenant. On numerous occasions the tenant has attempted to cook whilst heavily intoxicated and left the cooking unattended. Neighbouring properties have been filled with smoke and the incidents have required the attendance of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue

The Council will be making a further court application to evict the tenant from the property.

John Conway, Head of Housing said:

“The Council and other agencies have offered advice and practical support to the tenant on numerous occasions but he has failed to co-operate with us on any level. Therefore, to ensure the safety of neighbouring residents, we have obtained the Closure Order so that they can live in their homes without the fear of a serious fire being started by the tenant.”