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Chip Pan Fire, Sprinkler Activation Doncaster

26 August 2022 @ 1:00 am - 2:00 am

  • Image taken from Bafsa video chip pan demonstration, click here to open  chip pan fire
  • Credit Bafsa/Stewart Kidd


  • Fire Rescue Service; South Yorkshire
  • Incident; Chip Pan Fire
  • When; 26 August 2022
  • Time of call; 1am
  • Where, South Yorkshire
  • Use of premises; Purpose built block of flats 10 floors and above
  • Automatic fire suppression system; BS9251:2014

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have reported the above-mentioned incident resulting in the activation of the premises residential sprinkler system


  • 15 Storey residential block of flats
  • Local authority retrofitted, residential sprinkler system


  • On arrival crews established that the premises residential fire sprinkler system actuated on the 10th floor, involving a chip pan fire left unattended
  • The occupier had fallen asleep, alerted by the activation of the premises fire alarm system, the tenant immediately shut the kitchen door containing the fire to compartment of origin
  • The heat activated the sprinkler head which contained, controlled the fire before the arrival of operational crews
  • Upon entry operational crews extinguished the fire
  • No injuries were reported with

Sprinkler system

  • Water supply, pump and tank
  • Contained/controlled the fire, before the arrival of the fire rescue service
  • 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
  • Minimal fire damage reported for the kitchen

 Business Continuity

  • This incident clearly demonstrates the importance of protecting are most vulnerable residents from fire by the installation of a residential sprinkler system
  • Preventing a minor small fire from accelerating into a major fire with only minor disruption to the flat of origin


  • This incident clearly identifies the benefits of sprinklers involving chip pan fires, this is the fourth incident reported to Sprinklersaves.co.uk on each occasion the fire was extinguished, contained/contained.
  • Previous incidents
  1. Lincoln, 7 August 2021
  2. Tonypandy, Rhondda, 29 December 2021
  3. Flint 3 June 2021


26 August 2022
1:00 am - 2:00 am