Owner of flat where young jockeys died in fire is jailed

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A LANDLORD has been jailed for violating fire safety regulations after a blaze that left two young jockeys dead.

Jan Wilson, 19, from Forfar, and Jamie Kyne, 18, from Kiltrogue, Co Galway, died in 2009 when fire ripped through a block of flats in Malton, North Yorkshire.

Labourer Peter Brown was jailed for a minimum of seven and a half years in 2010 for torching the flat in a drunken revenge attack after being refused entry to a party.

Brown, then 37, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court. Yesterday, at the same court, flat owner Alan Foster, 65, was jailed for a year, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

Foster, from Malton, admitted four charges of breaching fire safety regulations – charges that included violations such as storing combustible material within a stairway, failing to manage fire precautions and failing to carry out a fire risk assessment.

Two of these charges related to Buckrose Court, where the jockeys died.

But the investigators said they were alarmed that Foster continued to fail in his duties to manage and maintain fire safety within a neighbouring property two years after the fire.

Dave McCabe, of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The circumstances surrounding this case contributed to a tragic loss of life.”