Wandsworth recycling facility: 21st and 25th July 2016

Fires and suppression system activation at Smugglers Way recycling facility, London

A Wandsworth recycling facility has seen its second fire in just the space of a week.

The first fire at Smugglers Way happened on Thursday 21st July. London Fire Brigade were notified at 21.06 of a compressor conveyer belt involved in a fire and crews from Wandsworth, Battersea, Tooting and Fulham responded. The fire was under control at 22.46.

The on-site sprinklers helped control the fire until crews arrived while 41 people left the building with no reports of any injuries sustained.

A Brigade spokesperson said: “This incident highlights the clear benefits of sprinklers to businesses and we would urge all companies and business owners to install them.

“In this case the sprinklers successfully helped control the spread of the fire. “As well as limiting fire damage and 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.”


The site’s second fire occurred on the afternoon of Monday 25th July affecting around 300 tonnes of domestic waste in a single storey recycling centre. It is not known if the area concerned was protected with water suppression but the following reports seem to indicate that the area was not covered. More information has been requested

At the height of the incident, 12 fire engines from Wandsworth, Fulham, Tooting, Clapham, Chelsea, Kensington, Battersea, Hammersmith, Soho and Wimbledon and around 80 fire-fighters and officers tackled the fire

Station Manager Darren Levett who was at the scene said: “The fire was very visible and produced a lot of smoke which could be seen for miles around. Crews worked hard to contain it and as a precaution we advised people to keep their doors and windows closed.”

London Fire Brigade stated fire-fighters remained at the scene throughout the night damping down a fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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