Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary – now available on iPlayer22:10 PM, 18th March 2019
About 3 days ago 93
A friend of mine owns an apartment in a Grade II medieval house. His neighbour, an owner occupier, is 94 and has set fire to her apartment 3 times in 11 months. The first two fires were minor, but the last badly affected 6 of the dwellings so the owners had to move out while their homes were rebuilt.
This lady’s repairs have been completed and she is due to come out of hospital to return home. The other residents are in a state of terror. She insists on lighting about 50 candles every night – claiming that’s how medieval homes should be lit. She has no family that they are aware of and social services say she’s got all her marbles and owns her home so there is nothing they can do.
They all have little chance of selling due to the situation. Do you think social services could be forced to act? Oh and by the way because of the building’s status, planning have ruled against a sprinkler system! Once the lady returns my friend is planning to move into rental accommodation. His insurance company are now investigating and may refuse to re-insure.
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