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On ‎21‎/‎01‎/‎2017 at 8:42 PM, notwell said:

He did use a blowtorch to dry out timber. That is how the fire started.

 

The report makes it clear who is at fault. It's staggering really.

 

It's interesting how when Wild drove half a mile harming no one with drink on board the lynch mob on here were demanding jail because he could have killed someone. This guy sets fire to a hotel which could have had far more serious consequences and not a mention!

 

As the judge said - message firmly sent. You won't see anyone doing this sort of thing again knowing they could get 6 weeks community service.

http://www.three.fm/news/isle-of-man-news/jail-for-roofer-who-caused-mount-murray-blaze-after-appeal/

Seems the AG agreed.

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Who in their right mind approves flammable roofing tiles, particularly on a hotel or public building, was nothing learned after the Summerland fiasco? Building control must be a joke here???? 

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44 minutes ago, Max Power said:

Who in their right mind approves flammable roofing tiles, particularly on a hotel or public building, was nothing learned after the Summerland fiasco? Building control must be a joke here???? 

Quite. It's reasonable to expect to be able to dry a roof tile with a blowtorch without it bursting into flames. Whoever allowed those tiles to be fitted should be serving the prison sentence, not the scapegoat roofer imo. 

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They may as well have had a thatched roof on the place, ridiculous. Did they display the fact that the hotel could go up like a bomb in the reception area, I think not? 

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Couple of distinct, but connected aspects to this, IMHO 

Firstly, he was certainly guilty of having caused the fire by use of the blowtorch.

Secondly however, whether he could have reasonably expected the rooftiles to be flammable might be a different matter, If they shouldn't have been used in the first place? Are there any builders or allied trades who contribute to these boards who have knowledge of Building Regulations who can supply knowledgeable advice on this subject?

Thirdly, in respect of Point 2. Remember who the developer was.......

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14 minutes ago, gettafa said:

The roof tiles were not flammable

Well something was...

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1 hour ago, rodders said:

Well something was...

the roof tiles , according to the report . 

I am aware that some roof tiles are flammable.

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According to the court report the tiles were not flammable. The roofer was using a blow torch to dry off plywood that he had coated with fibreglass material the night before, not a wise decision. The fibreglass had spoilt because it had rained on it over night, fibreglass resin is flammable.

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