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Hammersmith & Fulham Residential High Rise Sprinkler Activation

27 August 2022 @ 10:19 am - 11:19 pm

  • Fire Rescue Service; London
  • Incident; Fire involving smoking materials
  • When; 27 August 2022
  • Time of call; 10:19
  • Where, The London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Use of premises; Purpose built block of flats 10 or more stories
  • Fixed installation; Automatic fire suppression system (AFSS)

London Fire Brigade have reported the above-mentioned incident resulting in the activation of the premises residential sprinkler system

The Premises

  • 1960’s residential block of flats of concrete frame construction/floors
  • The flats are located on the upper floors above officer/community rooms on the ground floor
  • The housing provider London Borough Hammersmith and Fulham retrofitted sprinklers as part of a fire safety initiative through their “Fire Safety Plus” programme (Dwellings only)

Fixed installations

  • Residential AFSS (Sprinklers, retrofitted)
  • Wet Riser


  • On arrival crews established that the fire was on the 18th floor involving a studio flat
  • One sprinkler head actuated in the living room containing/controlling the fire
  • 1 Breathing Apparatus crew consisting of two firefighters committed with 45mm jet, wet riser
  • 25% of the flat damaged by fire
  • One male adult required medical attention

Sprinkler system

  • Contained/controlled the fire
  • 1x Fire sprinkler head actuated

 Benefits of the sprinkler system 

  • Rapidly reduced the rate of production of heat and smoke allowing the fire service crucial time to implement their operational tactical plan
  • Flashover prevented
  • Fire contained in compartment of origin


  • The decision taken by housing providers across the United Kingdom in this case the London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham, demonstrating the benefits of retrofitting sprinklers in their high-rise residential property portfolio as part of a holistic approach to provide a further layer of safety for residents from fire should be applauded
  • This incident clearly demonstrates once again the benefits of retrofitting sprinklers protecting.
  1. life, reducing injuries from fire
  2. Property
  3. Firefighters



27 August 2022
10:19 am - 11:19 pm


Location (Town/City)
Type of Sprinkler Installation
Wet Pipe