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Fishermead fire deaths landlord admits safety breach

The landlord of a Milton Keynes house where two people died has admitted breaching fire safety regulations.

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority took the action against Lookman Adeyemi, 39, who will be sentenced on 29 March.

Bola Ejifunmilayo, 29, and her daughter Fiyin, three, died in the fire at a house on Fishermead Boulevard in September 2010.

A Northamptonshire woman was jailed for their manslaughter in March 2011.

Adeyemi admitted three counts of breaching fire safety regulations, including insufficient fire detectors and alarms at the premises, the failure to make a suitable assessment of risk and the failure to ensure that quick and safe evacuation was possible.

Could not escape

A plea of not guilty to a fourth count - that there was inadequate emergency lighting in the premises - was accepted.

The fire, which took place in the early hours of 5 September, ripped through the first and second floors of the property.

Ms Ejifunmilayo and Fiyin from Nigeria, who lived in a second-floor room, could not escape and died from the effects of smoke inhalation.

The bodies were not found until the following day because firefighters and investigators wrongly believed all the seven people who lived at the house were accounted for.

Barbara Zhanje, 48, of Kettering, was found guilty of manslaughter and arson with intent and was jailed for 12 years.

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