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London Student Accommodation High Rise Sprinkler Activation

2 April 2022 @ 8:20 pm - 8:58 pm

  • Fire Rescue Service; London Fire Brigade (LFB)
  • Date of incident; 2 April 2022
  • Time of Call; 20:20
  • Type of Incident; Fire
  • Location; Wembley
  • Purpose Group; Residential (Other)
  • Student Accommodation block
  • Number of Storeys; 20
  • Location of Fire; Kitchen


LFB have reported the above-mentioned four pump fire involving a communal kitchen on the second floor of a student accommodation block resulting in the evacuation of 190 people.

Five Sprinkler heads activated containing/controlling the fire to room of origin, on arrival operational crews wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using one jet.

The incident stop message was sent at 20:58 confirming the fire had been extinguished

No injuries were reported.

The benefits of sprinklers clearly demonstrated once again as part of a holistic approach of fire safety measures, reducing the impact of fire on people, property, and the environment

Building Regulations

While current building regulations recognise that all new (residential (blocks of flats)) buildings in excess of 11m height should be provided with sprinklers this does not apply to student accommodation (residential (Other)

The Cube Student Accommodation Fire

The danger of student accommodation fires cannot be underestimated as this was clearly demonstrated following the fire in Bolton involving the premises known as the ‘Cube’ November 2019.

The speed with which the fire took hold and the devastating impact it had on the building was shocking.

The Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service (GMFRS) press release states that due to the full and immediate evacuation of the premises many lives were saved

Full details on the incident are contained in the GMFRS Cube Incident Report, it should be noted sprinklers were not fitted.



2 April 2022
8:20 pm - 8:58 pm


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