Amazon facility Rugeley: 13th November 2016

On Sunday 13th November 2016 at 0210, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at Amazon Services Ltd, Grazeley Park, Rugeley, WS15 1UX.

This is a storage facility of 63,000sqm and is 16m in height. The fire was located in the picking tower, an area of the warehouse which has 10m high steel racking. Between the racking, walkways have been installed to form four floors including ground to allow pickers access to each level. There is a small gap between the walkway and the racking system.

The building has 75 VESDA detectors and an automatic fire sprinkler system directly above each walkway and in the roof which is approximately 6m above the top of the racking. The fire was located in the racking at level 1 and had spread upwards to levels 2 and 3.

Two appliances initially attended and BA crews found heavy smoke logging and 4 sprinkler heads activating, 1 on the first level, 2 on the second level and 1 at roof level. These were all directly above each other and contained the fire preventing horizontal spread.

Due to size of the building and smoke logging 6 appliances attended to assist with emptying the affected shelving and damping down.

A total of 14 BA wearers were deployed during the incident using 2 hose reels to extinguish the fire.

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