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Recycling Warehouse Sprinkler Activation London

15 March 2022 @ 10:16 am - 1:41 pm

Recycling Warehouse Sprinkler Activation London

  • Fire Rescue Service; London Fire Brigade (LFB)
  • Eight pump fire
  • Date of incident; 15 March 2022
  • Location; Crayford
  • Purpose group; Warehouse
  • Time of call; 10:16
  • Time of stop; 13:41
  • Incident; Fire
  • Location of Incident; Conveyor belt/hopper
  • Automatic Fire Suppression System (AFSS); Deluge System

LFB have reported the above-mentioned incident that clearly identifies the benefits of installing a bespoke  AFSS as part of a holistic approach to protect business from the impact of a industrial fire.

The Incident

  • On arrival operational crews identified a fire within a single-story recycling centre
  • The conveyor belt and the hopper of a 20-tonne industrial paper shredder was alight
  • 20 people had left the building before the arrival of the brigade.
  • The AFSS actuated where it was identified it was having limited impact containing/controlling the fire
  • The premises deluge system was therefore manually operated to actuate,  flooding the area with water to prevent the fire from spreading


  • 10% of the conveyor belt/hopper were damaged by fir
  • Fire was likely accidental
  • Battery discarded amongst paper to be recycled
  • AFSS contained/controlled the fire

Business continuity

The response time is critical when protecting critical expensive plant/machinery or high-risk areas from fire, the quicker the fire can be detected and extinguished, it will: –

  • Reduce to damage to machinery, plant and property
  • Production loss kept to a minimum
  • Safety of staff reinforced
  • Reduce the effect of fire on the environment

You have to ask the question what would the outcome of been if suppression had not been installed?



  • LFB Press release, information supplied by LFB


15 March 2022
10:16 am - 1:41 pm


Location (Town/City)
Crayford, London