ACCIDENTAL FIRE DAMAGE BY TENANTS

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A COUPLE OF FRIENDS SHARING A LARGE ROOM (WHO HAVE ONLY BEEN IN THE PROPERTY ONE WEEK)CAUSED A MINOR FIRE BY LEAVING A CHIP PAN WITH OIL UNATTENDED.

THE FIRE ALARM ALERTED THEM OF THE FIRE.

THE FIRE FROM THE BURNING OIL HAD STARTED TO BURN THE EXTRACTOR HOOD.
THEY REMOVED THE BURNING PAN FROM THE HOB AND PUT IT ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR AND CAUSED DAMAGE TO THE NEWLY INSTALLED LINO.ACCORDING TO THE TENANT SOME FLAMES 'JUMPED OFF'(PROBABLY THE OIL SPLASHING OFF) ONTO THE CARPET OUTSIDE THE KITCHEN DOOR AND DAMAGED THE CARPET.
MEANWHILE THE FIRE BRIGADE ARRIVED AND THE SITUATION WAS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL.

THE KITCHEN HAD ONLY BEEN RECENTLY REFURBISHED IN PARTS AND WE HAD NOT YET PROVIDED A FIRE BLANKET TO REPLACE THE OLD ONE WHICH WAS MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD AND NEEDED REPLACING.

THE FOLLOWING DAMAGE HAD BEEN CAUSED BY THE FIRE:

1) EXTRACTOR HOOD BURNT
2) CABLE SUPPLYING POWER TO THE HOOD ALSO BURNT
3) ONE FLOURESCENT LIGHT FITTING BURNT
4) CABLE SUPPLYING LIGHT FITTING BURNT
5) WORK TOP BURNT (BEHIND THE HOB) - WILL NEED TO REPLACE THE WHOLE WORKTOP
6) TILES ON WALL BEHIND THE HOB BLACKENED (MAY NEED REPLACING)
7) WALL UNITS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE EXTRACTOR HOOD BLACKENED/SLIGHTLY BURNT AND WILL NEED REPLACING

ARE THE TENANTS LIABLE FOR THE COST OF RENEWING THE DAMAGE?

I CAN CLAIM ON MY BUILDINGS INSURANCE BUT MY PREMIUM IS LIKELY TO GO UP (THEREBY COSTING ME IN THE FUTURE)

06/06/2011 00:00

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