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Paisley department store: 28/12/15

January 26, 2016

Sprinkler save a Paisley department store: 28th December 2015


At 10:22 hours on Monday 28th December 2015, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received a call to a report of fire at a well know retail store integrated within a large shopping mall with frontage to Paisley High Street.


3 pumping appliances and an aerial ladder were mobilised to the 3 storey, 90M x 40M building where a fire occurred in a ceiling mounted  light fitting in the first floor staff room/ catering area. The fire had been located within ceiling void and in close proximity to timber roofing construction.

Upon arrival it was found that one pendant sprinkler head near to the seat of fire had operated and extinguished the fire. The sprinkler system is fed by town's mains and a pressure of 8 bar was recorded at the control valve. No other fire-fighting action was required.


The building houses a basement stock room with mezzanine, ground floor general merchandise sales floor with staff areas and offices on the first floor and is of brick/concrete construction with timber/ felt roof.


None of the 600 persons in the premises at the time are reported hurt although approx 90 staff were required to temporary relocate from the staff area.


The estimated weekly  turnover at the store is in excess of £200,000 and the extent of the loss due to the fire was put at about £120k. The fire caused what is described as 'minimal' business interruption  estimated to have been 8 hours.


The report received said that sprinkler installation may well have prevented significant property loss.

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