Technical Articles


Posted on Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Last updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017

On 31 January 2004, a fire at the Rosepark Care Home in Lanarkshire led to the deaths of 14 elderly residents.  This was a relatively modern facility with 24 hour staffing and only two minutes from a fire station.  In 2010 a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) heard from all the key players and reported in 2011.  It sought to identify improvements in fire safety that might prevent such a tragedy in the future.

Recently, Stuart Mortimore of Burgoynes’ Glasgow office, who was involved in the investigation from the start, spoke at a special conference held by BRE Global to consider the incident.  His presentation included the cause of fire, which was an electrical fault in a consumer unit;  how fire and smoke spread along corridors and ventilation ductwork, resulting in so many deaths;  and the operation of the fire detection system, which contained fundamental errors and from which staff identified the wrong location for the fire.  The FAI report can be found at