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Fire-hit flats 'failed to meet regs'

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A BLOCK of flats built by Taylor Wood row has been criticised by fire investigators for not meeting building regulations after it suffered a devastating blaze.

Investigators for the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service will release a full report into the fire at a block of new apartments at Fulford Place, York, tomorrow (Friday).

A summary has already been released which claims that the structure did not comply with three parts of the Government's building regulations. The fire was started by a burning rag and the blaze should not have spread as far as it did.

Owen Hayward, operation support manager for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: 'As we found it, it didn't comply with building regulations ? that's how it appeared to us. Where we would have expected to see evidence of fire stopping, we couldn't find any.' Nobody was hurt in the blaze in May, but around 60 people were left homeless after several f lats were gutted and others badly damaged. Residents have been told it could be two years before they can move back in.

One fireman was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation but was uninjured.

One resident, Kate McCarthy, said: 'We all knew there had to be something wrong with the place because there is absolutely no way the fire should have spread as far or as quickly as it did. I feel sorry for the people still living in the other blocks.' Tay lo r Wood row dec l ined to comment until the full report is released on Friday.