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Cleveland, residential sprinkler project pays dividends extinguishing a high rise residential building kitchen fire
13 June 2021 @ 4:18 pm - 5:51 pm
In July 2017, a review of fire safety of high rise residential buildings was completed by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Place Select Committee, where it was agreed that Sprinklers and misting systems are installed in all high rise residential buildings across Stockton-on-Tees.
The benefits of this decision has been clearly demonstrated following the fire at a high rise residential building of 17 floors, Hume House, Fredrick Street, Stockton.
On the 13th June at 16:18 hours, Cleveland Fire & Rescue were mobilised to a high rise residential kitchen fire on the 7th floor. On arrival it was established that the fire was all out with 1 sidewall sprinkler head operating, minimising and containing the fire damage to 10m².
The premises had been retrofitted with a sprinkler system, coverage provided within both the common areas, individual flats and refuge chute rooms, alongside a misting system within the ground floor refuge area.
It was established no delay took place in calling the fire and rescue service as the sprinkler system transmitted a sprinkler fire alarm signal to a remote monitoring station initiating the appropriate emergency procedures.
This incident clearly demonstrates the effectiveness and efficiency of sprinklers, as part of a holistic approach to fire safety.