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April London Tall Building Sprinkler Activations
- Fire Rescue Service; London Fire Brigade (LFB)
- Incident; 2x Tall building Fires
- When; 16, 26 April 2023
- Where, Sutton, Newham
- Type of Premises; Purpose Built Block of Flats -10 or more Stories.
- Automatic fire suppression System; BS9251
LFB have reported the above-mentioned incidents resulting in the activation of the premises residential sprinkler system following two kitchen fires.
On both occasions the
- The fire was extinguished by the activation of the sprinkler system.
- Sutton fire: 1 sprinkler head activated.
- Newham fire: 4 sprinkler heads activated.
- Raising the alarm
- limiting fire spread to the item fire ignited.
- No firefighting action was required.
This incident clearly indicates once again the benefits of installing a residential tall building with sprinklers. Rapidly reducing the rate of production of heat and smoke allowing the fire officer crucial time to implement the operational tactical plan.
- Allowing firefighters in carrying out search and rescue operations by limiting fire development, which significantly reduces the risks to firefighters.
- Integrity of the means of escape, maintained.
- Fire contained within the compartment of origin.
When you compare these two incidents to the high-rise fire at New Providence Wharf involving an electrical consumer unit reported by LFB on the 7th May 2021 where sprinklers were not fitted the outcome was far different
- Location; Tower Hamlets
- Purpose group: Purpose built flat, 10 or more storeys, circa 2005
- Use of property; Residential flat
- Time of call; 08:54
- Incident; Fire
- Location of Incident.
- Flat on the Eighth floor.
- storage cupboard which contained the electrical consumer unit
- Cause of fire; electrical fault potentially relating to a timer switch within the consumer unit
- Fire spread to the exterior of the building affecting balconies directly above on the 9th, 10th and 11th floor.
- ACM cladding on 8th and 9th floors involved.
- Flat of origin 80% damaged by fire
- 67 residents’ self-evacuated prior to arrival of the FRS
- Incident escalated toa 20 pump fire
- Major incident declared mass evacuation of the block implemented.
- Fire fighters committed wearing Breathing Apparatus
- Firefighting resources; 6 jets, one aerial monitor, Drone team
- 22 smoke hoods used to rescue residents.
- LFB rescues 34 residents.
- The most obvious solution would have been the installation of a sprinkler system.
- As the fire started within the flat and spread to the exterior of the building spreading vertically effecting balconies above.
- The fire would have been contained/controlled or even extinguished before the arrival of firefighters.
- Delaying or preventing the fire to spread from compartment of origin.
- British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association , Sprinkler Saves review 2022/2023
- Fire Sprinklers Greater London Review 2018-2021
- LFB New Providence Wharf Fire Report