High rise flat fire extinguished by sprinklers

High rise flat fire extinguished by sprinklers

A FIRST floor flat in Portsmouth suffered a fire, but it was put out by sprinklers before fire crews attended.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service reported that crews from Southsea Fire Station were called to Harbour Ridge in Portsmouth last week after a first floor kitchen fire started in a high rise building. On attending, the crews found ‘the fire extinguished by sprinklers’, following chief fire officer Dave Curry calling for sprinklers ‘to be fitted into all high rise buildings’ after the Grenfell Tower fire in June.

Curry added: ‘Time and again, sprinklers have been proven to prevent the spread of fire in buildings and drastically reduce the threat to life. In Hampshire, we are working with all high-rise building owners and landlords to ensure all of these structures are inspected and that residents feel safe in their homes.’

This followed the news earlier this summer that an Asda store in Rotherham saw a fire extinguished by its sprinkler system after a fryer ‘caught fire in the café’, but on two crews arriving to put it out, they discovered ‘the fire was already out’. The sprinkler system’s operation meant ‘there was virtually no fire or water damage and the store was quickly reopened’.

With that fire, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue added that sprinklers ‘are the most effective way of ensuring that fires are suppressed or even extinguished before the fire service can arrive’, and can ‘save lives and reduce injuries’ as well as ‘protect firefighters who attend incidents and reduce the amount of damage to both property and the environment from fire’.