No smoke detectors, sprinklers or fire evac routes at pub

AUTHORITIES have been successful in obtaining an urgent court order to shut down an illegal accommodation operation in the Lockyer Valley following a tip-off from council.

They feared those living in the two-storey building at Gatton would not stand a chance if a fire broke out, given there was virtually no safety or emergency warning systems in place.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service filed the urgent injunction in the Brisbane Supreme Court earlier this month in a bid to have the illegal Railway St operation shut down.

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Court documents, which APN Newsdesk has viewed, revealed the former pub did not have any smoke detectors, sprinklers or emergency lighting installed and fire evacuation routes were non-existent.

QFES compliance and prosecution unit manager David Tucker said in an affidavit the building did not comply with fire safety standards as set out in the state's development code.

He said the risk to the six people living there was severe.

"Any persons residing within the premises would be unlikely to be able to safely evacuate in the event of a fire emergency," he said.

"The risk of fire occurring in the premises is increased by the dilapidated condition of the premises.

"The risk is further increased by the presence of exposed electrical wiring throughout which is indicative of unsafe and illegal electrical works having being carried out."

Justice David Jackson granted the interim injunction on July 1 and ordered the property not be used in any way until rectifications were made so it complied with the code.

The case came back before the courts again on July 8 where Justice Peter Flanagan continued the initial injunction.

He ordered the building's owners, Ali Imperial Pty Ltd, to provide authorities with a certificate from a qualified building inspector stating it complied with the relevant codes before the injunction would be lifted.

Justice Flanagan also ordered Ali Imperial Pty Ltd to pay $4000 costs.


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