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Sprinkler Save : Compressor house

The Oxford Mail reports that  fire crews were directed to Wyndeham Bicester'scompressor house after a piece of kit – understood to be an air compressor – caught fire at just before 2040hrs on 9th January.

The sprinkler system was already on and working, which prevented the fire from spreading further. Staff had been evacuated before fire crews arrived, a few minutes after the alarm was raised, to extinguish the fire.

Fire crews worked with an onsite specialist engineer to isolate the electricity supply and unaffected parts of the company’s site quickly resumed normal operation.

In a statement published in the Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser, Dave Bray, fire protection and business safety manager for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire, said: “This incident clearly demonstrates the benefit of businesses having an automatic water suppression system to protect their plant, product and buildings.

“The site workers were alerted to the presence of fire through their fire detection and warning system and, upon investigating the cause of the alert, found their sprinkler system already activating and holding the growth of the fire in check.

“The sprinklers contained the fire to the piece of equipment where it started, and extinguished the flames.”

Bray added other pieces of plant equipment in this area and the structure of the building itself were “completely undamaged” and the company was able to return to business “very quickly”.

BAFSA was alerted to this Sprinkler Save by BAFSA member Reliable Sprinkler.

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Sprinkler Save : Factory, Stafford

On Sunday 5th January 2017 at 1925, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at Bostik Ltd, Common Lane, Stafford. The building is 20,000sqm. The incident involved a chemical vapour fire over an industrial adhesive filling process. The process uses 6641 coating adhesive which contains 35% Toluene. The cause of the fire is believed to be the vapour ignited by static electricity produced by the filling process.

The area of the building where  fire was located was two storey and was covered by a sprinkler system. The sprinkler system was unique due to the risk, operating for 1 minute using foam then changed to water. The sprinkler system contained the fire to the machine of origin.

Two appliances attended but did not use any fire fighting media as the sprinkler and on site fire team had extinguished the fire. One employee was taken to hospital for precautionary check due to inhaling chemical vapour.

Fire Service promote sprinklers in schools following serious fire

Early in the morning of January 3rd 2017 fire crews from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a serious fire at the Avenue Primary School in Warminster, Wiltshire. On arrival crews found a well-developed fire within a temporary classroom block.

Fire crews from Warminster attended supported by fire engines from Westbury and Frome. Sadly, the fire damage was extensive but crews were able to stop the spread of fire to the nearby main school buildings. The fire service was called at 0319 hours and remained on site for six hours damping down and investigating the scene of the fire. The school was closed for the day and alternative arrangements will now need to be made for 60 students following the Christmas break.  

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have campaigned for schools to be fitted with sprinklers. Chairman of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Rebecca Knox, said: "Fires in schools are really disruptive to children’s education, they are very distressing for them, their teachers and their families due to the uncertainty that arises as a result.  School closures, longer travelling times, disruption of classes and after school activities, inadequate facilities and of course the potential for key classwork to be destroyed.  Sprinklers can really help avoid this, against the societal costs of loss of jobs, buildings and cost of replacement when compared to a sprinkler system which has roughly the same costs as carpeting a school. Nationally over 635 fires occur in schools each year in the UK, more than one a day".

Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell said: “In Dorset and Wiltshire, we know only too well how devastating school fires can be and how difficult they can be to deal with, not only for firefighters but also short and long term for the children, teachers and their families. Sprinklers within a school building limit the spread and growth of fire and allow for quick evacuation of children and staff. Our Fire Safety team will now be working with the school to offer advice and ensure pupils and buildings are safe from fire.


Sprinkler Save : Shopping Complex, Southampton

At 1711 on Saturday 31st December 2016, Hampshire FRS received a call to a fire at the West Quay shopping centre in Southampton. 

The fire involved a refrigeration unit on the ground floor of the 3 storey M&S store and was reported to have started in electrical insulation materials. The shop comprises of food and clothing retail sales and a coffee shop totalling approx 3000m².

Hampshire FRS deployed 4 BA wearers with main jets due to the size of the store but their report states that  'the  store's sprinklers held the fire at source and prevented further escalation. Damage from direct burning and heat was limited to the item which ignited and was estimated at a total of 3m² . Apart from smoke spreading to stock in the neighbouring coffee shop there was no serious damage and losses were reported at about 3,000 pounds'.

Just one pendant sprinkler head on the tank and pump system activated to control the fire and business interruption was described as minimal.


Sprinkler Save : Industrial Laundry


Malcolm Reade of AD Sprinklers (a BAFSA member) reports that on the evening of Wednesday 28th December a fire occurred in a dryer at an industrial laundry in Ashton under Lyne, Manchester.

The fire was severe enough to activate one upright sprinkler head on the sprinkler system which was dry pipe at this location. This controlled the fire until the arrival of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.