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A €68k fire safety nightmare

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With a background in construction, Irek refurbished the apartment himself, putting in a new kitchen, floors and insulation – a project that took around three or four years.

“We love Poland as well, but when we are too long over there, we miss this place,” Irek explained.

In advance of the OMC’s vote on its proposal, which was scheduled for October, an information document was distributed to the Crescent’s owners, which attempted to address the many queries they had and summarized the findings of the audits.

The document presented the seriousness of the situation in stark terms, stating that “deficiencies were found… which compromise the fire escape strategy/means of escape as laid out in the approved Fire Safety Certificate.”

It said those deficiencies could allow a fire to spread rapidly through the development, which could “be classified as a potentially dangerous building under Section 19 of the Fire Services Act.”

In a worst-case scenario, Dublin Fire Brigade could order “a full closure of the development”.

Some owners had queries relating to the fire safety certificate.

A firm of fire consultants, acting for Harcourt Developments, applied for this certificate in 2003, which was granted by Dublin City Council that July.

The certificate stated: “If constructed in accordance with the plans, calculations, specifications and particulars submitted”, the building complies with the fire safety-related building relations.

“The purpose of a fire safety certificate is to confirm that the building that is proposed to be constructed is compliant with the building regulations,” Kevin Hollingsworth said.

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