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Fire brigade recommends sprinklers as two separate fires break out within two hours in Camden
London Fire Brigade were called to a major indoors market and shop to tackle two blazes last night, 28th February.
The sprinkler system at Camden Stable’s Market on Chalk Farm Road helped control the fire until the fire brigade arrived at around midnight.
Fire crews were able to confine the fire to the ground floor unit and the blaze was under control by 0130hrs.
A London Fire 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 controlled the fire spread, limiting damage to the building and preventing anyone from being put at risk from any 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 fire is believed to be accidental and due to an electrical fault.
Earlier in the evening, in a separate fire – the first Camden fire of the evening – at around 1000hrs, a little way down the road on Camden High Street, firefighters tackled a blaze that ripped through a shop.
Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were called to a fire at a shop with flats above it on the busy stretch of road. Residents living in the flats were evacuated before the arrival of crews from Kentish Town, Euston and Soho.
Kentish Town Watch Manager Dan Acquah, who was at the scene, said: “When crews arrived there was very intense smoke coming from the building and flames were extremely visible.
“Firefighters had to use cutting equipment to gain access to the shop as it had metal shutters, but crews worked quickly to bring the fire under control and prevented it from spreading to the flats above and neighbouring businesses.”
Part of the ground floor shop was damaged by fire but there were no reports of any injuries.
The cause of the second fire is under investigation.
Yet again sprinklers are show to be an effective method of fire suppression and we have another example of how sprinklers not only protect people and businesses but also firefighters.
Retail, Cambridge 23rd February
Shortly after midnight on Thursday 23rd February an electrical fire occurred in a Day Spa on St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge. The fire triggered one head on the sprinkler system in the basement area of the adjoining John Lewis store.
Three crews, two from Cambridge and one from Cottenham, dealt with the incident using hose reels and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear smoke.They had returned to their stations by 0450hrs
School : Greater London 27th February
0939hrs on Monday 27th February 2017, London Fire Brigade received a call to Teddington School in TW11. A fire had occurred in a first floor science lab at the 3 storey building which was built in 2011 and features an atrium.
The fire involved the use of a Bunsen burner which ignited nearby combustible materials. It was of sufficient intensity to activate 3 sprinkler head which extinguished the fire. Fire damage was limited to the room of origin and the room was out of commission for the remainder of the day.
Crews from Sunderland Central and Marley Park were called to the large factory unit in Pallion Industrial Estate at 0915hrs when a fire broke out in an office block inside the main body of the factory which makes helicopter parts.
The flames were doused by the factory’s sprinkler system, a hose reel and a carbon dioxide extinguisher.
Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service say one office suffered fire damage, with smoke spreading to six other offices.
Firefighters found the cause of the fire was an electrical fault.
The boss of a medical firm today praised a sprinkler system which saved his business from ruin after an electrical fire.
The depot at Congleton-based Reliance Medical Limited, which manufactures products such as dressings and first aid kits, was ablaze in the early hours of the morning.
But mercifully, the sprinkler alarm kicked in. Without it, the firm would have lost an estimated £2 million in stock and the entire building. But it has instead just suffered just smoke and water damaged stock, worth £500,000.
The owner of the site was alerted to the inferno at around 3am on Thursday and firefighters had in put it out by 0730hrs
A fire investigation is being carried out by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and initial thoughts are that the cause is electrical.
Andy Pear, managing director of Reliance Medical Limited, said: “If it was not for the sprinkler system, and the speedy and professional response of Cheshire Fire and Rescue, this would have been a disaster.
“I was called at 0300hrs by one of my key holders, who had been alerted by the alarm company and seen flames piling out of the roof.
“Ten fire engines attended to put the fire out. I had never seen them at work before, but I was so impressed by how professional they were."
Andy is relieved he has had a lucky escape from losing everything and will be able to be up and running again next week.
“It is an unwanted problem, but is nothing we cannot deal with and thankfully has not been a disaster," he added. "We will be able to be open again from Monday and that is the real story that we have been saved by the sprinklers."
The fire service is urging businesses to have sprinklers installed due to how well they contain the flames.
Simon Gibbins, head of protection at Cheshire Fire and Rescue, said: “This building contained a huge amount of stock, with the company employing some 50 people. Thankfully, a sprinkler system contained the fire to one area which, although some stock was damaged, meant the majority of stock and the building were saved and will be back in operation within just a couple of days.
“Companies very rarely recover from a fire such as this, but the sprinkler system did its job and minimised the impact on the rest of the building, containing the flames to one area.
“Sprinklers work to suppress the flames and, although there was damage, the rest of the building escaped this fire. We would urge all business across the county to fit sprinklers in order to protect their business, their staff, customers and our firefighters. "
Thank you to BAFSA member, B&C Fire Engineering, for bringing this to our attention.
Overnight on 11th February 2017 Greater Manchester FRS attended a fire in an extensive old multi-occupancy mill complex just outside the city centre. At its, peak over firefghters attended the blaze in the six storey building, known as the Rogue Artists' Studio.
Fortunately it was sprinklered and the fire only affected a small section, being contained and extinguished within a couple of hours.
Officers who attended have report that without the sprinkler system it is likely that the whole mill would have been lost.