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Coroner blasts landlord in architect fire tragedy

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

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An inquest has heard that a landlord does not know whether smoke detectors were working at a block of apartments where a young architect died in August 2012 after rushing in to rescue her boyfriend from a fire.

Wales Online reported the admission from bosses at Komoto Group, the property firm that owned the Isle of Dogs flat, on the third day of the inquest in London.

Compounding the tragedy, Sophie Rosser, who was 23, was unaware that her boyfriend, Oscar Silva, had actually escaped to the balcony. Rosser collapsed in the smoke-filled block and died in hospital the same day.

Coroner Mary Hassell blasted the company for only testing the smoke alarms once *since* the tragedy in east London.

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