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 sprinklers to businesses and we would urge all companies to install them. As well as being potentially life saving devices, sprinklers and other fire suppression systems help with business continuity by minimising disruption and allowing businesses to get back to normal as soon as possible.”

Seven fire engines and around 35 fire-fighters attended the incident, the cause of which the is under investigation.

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