Sprinkler save at food outlet in Glasgow retail complex: 28th January 2017
At 07:54 on Saturday 28th January 2017 a fire occurred at a ground floor food outlet in the Savoy Centre, 140 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow .
The building, measuring 60m x40m, is a category B listed former 5 storey warehouse of steel framed construction with 'Celotex' lining, concrete walls and ceiling. It was redeveloped in about 1975 to form an open plan indoor shopping centre/market containing numerous stalls, with a pedestrian precinct linking Sauchiehall Street to Renfrew Street
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service mobilised three pumps and an aerial appliance to the incident but on arrival it was found that 1 sprinkler head on the towns mains fed system had activated and extinguished the fire. Crews were then engaged in 'salvage' operations utilising the brigade's salvage unit.
Scottish F&RS report that though the building was not open to the public at the time, the 30 occupants escape without injury.
They were unable to quantify value of property and jobs saved, however due to the fire loading and close proximity of other units, had the sprinklers not been fitted, the potential for fire/smoke spread would have be high, resulting in disorientation to fire fighters due to complex layout.