London flat kitchen fire save: 19th August 2015

On Wednesday 19 August 2015 at 10:52 crews were called to a 'flooding from fourth floor' of a 12 storey purpose built block of flats (circa 2004). On arrival crews saw water running from the balcony of a flat on the 4th floor. Shortly after it was discovered that smoke was emitting from the building. On investigation crews found that there was a fire inside flat 14 on the 4th floor of the building.. A fire had occurred within the kitchen of the two bedroomed property and a domestic sprinkler head had actuated within the room of origin and appeared to have suppressed the fire leaving the flat lightly smoke logged. Crews attempted to isolate the sprinkler. They had to isolate the supply in t

Leicester Kickboxing club save: 7th August 2015

On 7th August 2015 at 01:47 Leicestershire FRS were mobilised to a report of a roof fire at a Kickboxing club in Leicester. Upon arrival the fire was located inside the roof. Crews made entry into the building, deploying BA and hose-reels and one jet to cover the fire. One sprinkler head had operated inside the roof space and had controlled the fire, preventing the fire from spreading to the rest of the roof space. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire without any difficulties and only a small area of roof was damaged. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Without doubt the operation of the sprinkler system has prevented a far more serious fire. Following clearing up of m

Nottingham Joinery workshop save: 5th August 2015

Thanks to Nationwide sprinklers for this information: At around 15:45 hours on Wednesday 5th August 2015, Notts F&RS mobilised two appliances to a report of fire in a dust extraction unit at a joinery workshop in Catton Road, Arnold, Nottingham. Upon arrival the fire was located inside the unit but additionally to deploying one hosereel and one jet to cover the fire, it was noted that the sprinkler system had operated. Crew manager Zac Goodspeed told Keith Rhodes that upon arrival they found one sprinkler head above the unit had been set off and had prevented the fire from spreading to other plant and materials. The unit was on fire internally and had badly smoke logged the workshop but, bec

The Shard: London: 4th August 2015

The Shard, London 4th July 2015 Fire-fighters from LFB were called at 11:12 on Tuesday 4th August to a small oven fire in a restaurant at the Shard on St Thomas Street in Southwark. This is Europe's tallest building. The oven fire was on the 33rd floor and it was extinguished by sprinklers fitted in the building. Staff on site evacuated around 100 customers from restaurants on levels 31, 32 and 33 and there were no injuries. The rest of the building was unaffected. Station Manager Matt Burrows who was at the scene said: “The building's sprinkler system did its job and suppressed the fire in its early stages, which prevented any serious damage. “This incident highlights the clear benefits of

Yate Packaging factory: 30th July 2015

Yate (Bristol) packaging production factory 30th July 2015 Crews were mobilised to a cardboard packaging production facility in Yate near Bristol at 10-36 on Thursday 30 July 2015. The premises (150m X 75m) were sprinklered and upon arrival it was noted that some sprinklers had activated in the bailing area within a compactor room. Crews set up in BA (4) with 2 x hose reel and a 45mm safety jet however the sprinkler activation controlled and contained the fire to a small area. More information has been requested.

Glasgow shopping centre: 24th July 2015

Sprinkler save at Glasgow Shopping Centre 24th July 2015 Scottish F&RS reports that at 04:55 hours on Friday 24th July, they received a call to a report of fire on the first floor at a 20m x15m mobile phone retail outlet in the Forge Shopping Centre, Gallowgate, Glasgow. Initial investigations appear to point to the seat of the fire being a lap top computer which had been left on. An attendance of 3 pumping appliances was despatched and 4 BA and two hose-reels being deployed. Fire service intervention from 1st call to being on site was less than 8 minutes. Crews found that the fire had been subdued by the action of one pendant sprinkler head on the wet-pipe system. It would appear from repor

Norflok paper factory; 19th July 2015

On 19th July 2015 a fire occurred in the pulp storage area of a paper producer in Kings Lynn. All the storage bays were mostly full of pulp, potentially providing a massive fire loading in a building understood to be one of the largest in Norfolk. The on-site sprinkler system activated confining the fire to a single bay and damping down operations completed by Norfolk FRS personnel. The cause of the fire is under investigation but friction sparks from wire bailing material is thought to be a possible cause. It is thought likely that without the sprinklers intervening there may have been a huge loss.

Derbyshire recycling plant: 12th July 2015

Successful suppression activation at Alfreton recycling plant: 12th July 2015 At 00:48 on Sunday 12th July 2015 Derbyshire F&RS received a call to a fire in the main waste processing area at a recycling plant in Somercotes, Alfreton, The waste transfer building is a single storey brick and metal clad structure about80n x 30m dimensions, used for the storage of ‘recyclable bulky waste’ and ‘brown waste’ prior to it being relocated to the appropriate recycling centres, turned into renewable fuel or onward disposal. The fire was initially controlled by two heads on a wet pipe sprinkler system and the operation of two fixed water monitors, fed from a static tank through a 50mm connection. Derby

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