Oxford underground car park 20/4/16

Sprinkler save in Oxford city centre car park: 20th April 2016

At approximately 1941 on Wednesday 20 April, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service were called to a reported car fire in an underground car park in Oxford City Centre.

Upon arrival at the incident crews were faced with dense smoke issuing from the building and the sprinkler system flowing.

Crews in breathing apparatus, utilising thermal image cameras, battled through the poor visibility to find the affected vehicle and fully extinguish the fire, which had earlier been controlled by the sprinklers.

One neighbouring vehicle was subsequently found to have been damaged by radiated heat, but the sprinklers had clearly restricted potentially serious additional fire losses.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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