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Sprinkler Save : Shopping Centre, Glasgow

At 2238hrs on Monday 30th January 2017, Scottish FRS attended a fire in a shop unit at the St Enoch Shopping Centre in Glasgow. The fire started after a hot air gun had been left switched on and ignited nearby combustibles in a first floor shop unit.  

The 3 storey shopping centre, one of the largest in Glasgow,  measures about 300m x 150m and is constructed of brick with glass facades and occupies the site of the former St Enoch railway Station.

One sprinkler pendant head on the town's mains fed system activated in response to the fire and controlled and contained the fire. Scottish FRS personnel completed extinguishment and isolate the valves.

It is estimated it took 5 minutes to control the fire and which resulted in about 12m² fire damage.


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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.


Two Sprinkler Saves : Greater London & Cambridgeshire

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.

Sprinkler Save : Aviation factory, Sunderland

Firefighters tackled a blaze inside a Rolls Royce factory in Sunderland on 21st January.  

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.