Council Fire Deaths Sentencing

Warwickshire County Council has been fined £30,000 for health and safety breaches after four firefighters died in a warehouse fire.

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More than five years since deaths of four firefighters

Darren Yates-Badley and Ashley Stephens died in the blaze. Credit: PA

It has been more than five years since four firefighters were killed in a warehouse blaze in Atherstone-on-Stour, Warwickshire.

Darren Yates-Badley, Ashley Stephens and John Averis died during the blaze while Ian Reid died in hospital after being pulled from the wreckage.

Ian Reid died later in hospital while John Averis was found dead at the warehouse. Credit: PA

Their deaths represent the greatest loss of life among British firefighters in a single incident for 30 years.

Two senior fire officers, Timothy Woodward, 51, and Adrian Ashley, 45, were found not guilty of manslaughter over the incident in May 2012 while Paul Simmons was ordered to be acquitted by a judge.

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