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Sheltered housing, London
23 July 2020
On 21st July a call was received by BAFSA member Triangle advising the company of a fire in a flat on the 4th floor at 1-133 Garnet Road, Thornton Heath. The call was a result of the sprinkler alarm signalling the call centre.
This is sheltered housing and Triangle had retrospectively installed a BS9251 sprinkler system supplied by a tank and pump which was commissioned in December 2019.
London Fire Brigade attended and forced entry to learn the fire had been extinguished by the activation of one sprinkler head.
It appears the resident was using a bedroom as a prayer room and had left the property leaving a lot of incense candles burning, it is assumed that these were the source of ignition but it is unclear what the item first ignited was.
Triangle engineer attended site and the sprinkler head was reinstated and the system made live by 1700 hrs.
BAFSA notes that a second sprinkler head in the hallway had got hot enough for the cover plate to drop off but not to activate the head… a perfect example of how accurate sprinklers are. They really do not go off all at once!