Warwickshire County Council is to be sentenced for health and safety breaches linked to a warehouse fire which claimed the lives of four firefighters.
The local authority pleaded guilty in January this year to a charge brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act following an inquiry into the fire in Atherstone-on-Stour in 2007.
The Judge sitting at Stafford Crown Court has issued his opening remarks, saying; "The relatives have taken a close interest in this case I have read the impact statement. I understand the anguish at the loss of men who had their lives ahead of them.
"Men who went fearlessly into the fire in what was considered to be a routine fire at the time I have the most enormous sympathy. I know family members will understand my task.
"It is unusual for a judge to sentence a corporate body. There is no defendant to look in the eye."
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