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Lambeth Tall Building Kitchen Fire Sprinkler Activation

9 August 2023 @ 6:17 pm - 6:46 pm

 Lambeth Tall Building Kitchen Fire Sprinkler Activation

  • Fire Recue Service; London Fire Brigade (LFB)
  • Incident; Kitchen apartment fire
  • When; 9 August 2023
  • Time of call; 18:17
  • Where, Lambeth, London
  • Type of Premises; Purpose Built Flats/Maisonettes – 10 or more storeys.
  • Automatic fire suppression System; Residential Sprinkler System

LFB have reported the above-mentioned incident resulting in the activation of the premises residential sprinkler system.

The Premises

  • Consists of a 32-storey hybrid building waterfront development completed August 2019, providing a mixture of residential apartments with recessed balconies, winter gardens and commercial units.


  • At 18:17, LFB mobilised fire appliances from Lambeth, Dockhead, Old Kent Road and Shoreditch fire stations to a fire on the seventh floor
  • On arrival operational crews identified a kitchen fire within a three roomed apartment involving a deep fat fryer/chip pan which had been contained controlled to the compartment of origin by the activation of two sprinkler heads.
  • Total fire damage up to 51-100 sqm
  • Firefighting media Main branch/jet
  • The fire was under control by 18:46
  • There was no report of any injuries.

Fire Safety

  • The residential levels of the building are fully sprinkler protected with concealed heads.
  • Mains wired fire detection system within the dwellings.
  • Wet main

Benefits of the Residential Sprinkler System 

  • Internal fire spread within the apartment contained/controlled, preventing fire spread to the common ways.
  • Rapidly reducing the rate of production of heat and smoke
  • Integrity of the means of escape, maintained.
  • Flash over prevented.
  • Allowing firefighters time, security to implement a tactical fire plan.

This incident once again demonstrates the clear benefits of installing a residential sprinkler system for a high-rise residential building

When you compare this incident 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.
  1. Flat on the eighth floor.
  2. Storage cupboard which contained the electrical consumer unit
  • Cause of the 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.

Sprinkler System

  • 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.




9 August 2023
6:17 pm - 6:46 pm