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Southwark Specialised Housing scheme: Thursday 1st September 2016
At about 1515 on Thursday 1st September 2016 a fire occurred on the cooker in the flat of an 82 year old resident at the residential specialised housing scheme in Canterbury Place, London. London Fire Brigade also report that there were some issues with hoarding.
The block had been fitted with automatic fire sprinklers to BS9251 as part of a scheme to protect elderly and vulnerable residents in Southwark and one sprinkler head activated to extinguish the fire. This was all the more extraordinary as it is reported the system was not fully commissioned at the time of the fire. The occupier was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
The system installers attended shortly after 5pm, within the prescribed two hour attendance time to reset the actuated sprinkler head .
LFB report that due to the excellent signage within the block, the attending crews were able to quickly locate the stop valve and isolate the water supply to the sprinkler head.
Bin room : Tuesday 13th September 2016
West Midlands Fire Service report that there was a successful suppression system activation which partially extinguished a fire in the ground floor bin room of a 10 storey block of flats in Millmead, Woodgate, Birmingham on Wednesday 13th September. Full extinguishment with 1 hose-reel and ventilation of some of the upper floors was carried out by attending crews.
Ipswich Office Block: August 2016
At 2019 on 29th August 2016 Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service received an AFA signal to a 6 storey office block towards the centre of the town. On arrival at the premises operational crews were faced with smoke issuing from the car park at ground floor level and upon investigation it was identified that an amount of cardboard and rubbish had been placed within the car park and set alight.
This had activated a single head from the sprinkler system which had controlled the fire to the point of extinction with only remedial action and checking of hotspots/turning over from the operational personnel required. The operational personnel then liaised with the premises and gave advice on securing the sprinkler system.
The damage from the fire was contained to the cardboard and rubbish with no spread to any adjacent or overhead structure/combustibles.
Chippenham semi-conductor manufacturer
At around 2215 on Saturday 3rd September a fire broke out in a ground floor test area of a semi conductor manufacturer in Langley Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire.
The electrical fire activated one pendant sprinkler head on the wet pipe system within the two storey factory and the fire was reported to be ‘out on arrival’.
Details of this incident were confused by the fact that a large fire service attendance and protracted incident was reported. It however turned out that this was due to a roof collapse at the building caused by heavy and persistent rain in the locality. Sadly the roof collapse caused more disruption than the fire.
Kate Hoey MP for Vauxhall and Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside have confirmed their dismay at the government's proposals to do away with sprinklers in new schools. They have tabled an Early Day Motion as follows:
That this House deplores the decision to scrap the expectation that sprinklers will be installed in all new school buildings except for low risk schools; believes that such a retrograde measure could compromise the safety of children, staff, local communities and firefighters; recognises that sprinkler systems help ensure swift evacuation from fires; notes that sprinklers have helped save 17 schools from major fire damage; further notes that the average cost of a large school fire is now £2.8 million; and calls on the Government to reintroduce these vital requirements forthwith.
Anyone who agrees with this statement is urged to contact their local MP and encourage them to sign the EDM (Early day motion 468 : Session: 2016-17 - Date tabled: 14.09.2016) in support of Kate Hoey MP and Mary Glindon MP.