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Southampton flat bedroom fire suppressed by sprinkler actuation
12 July 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Retrofitting projects completed across the country installed by housing providers are clearly evident following the actuation of a sidewall sprinkler-head that actuated suppressing a fire, preventing flashover. This allowed a breathing apparatus team from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service to enter the flat and suppress the fire. All the occupants of the flat evacuated the property safely
It should be noted however the effectiveness of sprinklers was clearly demonstrated despite the fact that the operational efficiency of the residential sprinkler system was compromised due to a house hold item placed in front of the sprinkler head obstructing the discharge of water.
Southampton council has been working closely with Hampshire & Isle of wight Fire and Rescue Service on a timetable for installing sprinkler systems in 19 tower blocks to make them even safer from fire. Work has now been completed on a number of the residential blocks including Shirley Towers, Sturminster House, Albion Towers, Canberra Towers, Redbridge Towers and Millbrook Towers.
This is the third sprinkler save in Southampton since the start of the year the previous incidents being
12 April 2021:-Hightown, St Mary’s, Redbridge, Hamble and Eastleigh crews were called to an oven fire on the 6 floor of Copenhagen Tower in Southampton.
20 April 2021:-Firefighters from Redbridge, St Mary’s, Eastleigh, Hightown and Beaulieu were called to Millbrook Towers in Millbrook, Southampton
Further information on retrofitting can be found in the resources section