At 01:54 hours on the morning of Wednesday 27th September 2017, Scottish F&RS received a call to a reported fire at the TK Maxx store on Phoenix retail park, Paisley. two pumps, an aerial appliance and a salvage unit attended.
On arrival it was noted that there was a secondary fire adjacent to a roller shutter door at the store which in turn ignited property cladding at the two storey terraced building.
The premises comprises of 2 levels with ground floor general merchandise sales floor (1850m2) with staff areas and offices on the first floor mezzanine (300m2) and is of steel framed, partial brick and insulated panel construction.
The fire penetrated to the first floor internal area where 2 heads on the OH3, mains fed sprinkler installation activated within the first floor ceiling void. FRS crews used one hose-reel jet and the fire was extinguished in 12 minutes leaving fire damage of between 10 to 15 m².
Although no one was present in the building at the time, business interruption and costs were estimated at 5 hours and £20krespectively.
The report states that the activation of the sprinkler system probably prevented further significant property loss.