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Supermarket Sprinkler Save, St Helens
26 May 2022 @ 4:35 am - 5:19 pm
- Fire Rescue Service; Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS)
- Date of Incident May 26, 2022
- Time of call 04:35
- Time of stop 05:19
- Location; St Helens
- Property type; Shop and Commercial (Large Supermarket)
- Incident; Fire
- Location of fire; Front of the store
- Ignition source; Electrical
- Automatic Fire Suppression System; Sprinklers
The St Helens Star have reported the above-mentioned incident involving a white goods appliance which caught light in the early hours of the morning, the store was closed at the time of incident, the premises commercial sprinkler system actuated extinguishing the fire before the arrival of two MFRS appliances.
The benefits of installing sprinklers clearly demonstrated with crews leaving the scene of the incident in less than an hour highlighting the benefits for business continuity.
The danger of supermarket fires should not be underestimated, firefighters in Gloucester were put at risk when tackling superstore fire in 1996 which sadly resulted in the loss of life firefighter Fleur Bard, sprinklers were not fitted.
At present it is still not compulsory to install fire sprinkler systems in new single-storey supermarkets and superstores, Part B of the building regulations requires the installation of sprinklers in uncompartmented areas of shops or self-storage buildings of more than 2000 square metres
Produced for information purposes to raise awareness of the importance of collating sprinkler saves from across the United Kingdom
A series of reports providing detailed analysis of compound data on fire incidents in Great Britain where fire sprinklers were reported as present, operated over the period of 2018/19 to 2021/21
Credit to St Helens Star