ASDA superstore, Gloucester : 4th February 2017
On Saturday morning (4.2.17), crews were called to a fire at the Asda Superstore, Bruton Way, Gloucester. It was a deliberate fire started in the clothing department; CCTV and online media shows how quickly the fire developed.
The fire was suppressed by the sprinkler system that activated only in the area of the fire. Two breathing apparatus wearers were committed to the fire and dealt with it very quickly due to the suppression effect of the sprinklers. Positive pressure ventilation fans were then used for post-fire smoke clearance.
The sprinkler system aided early fire-fighting intervention and rapid location of the fire. Without the sprinkler containment, rapid fire spread and fire loading would have resulted in a major fire.