Sprinkler company fire averted by sprinklers
PROJECT FIRE, based in Staffordshire, saw a fire that its own products helped to extinguish.
Stone Gazette reported on the fire at the company’s factory in Hixon, Staffordshire on 3 August, which was attended by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Rugeley, Stafford, Abbots Bromley and Stone, with four firefighters using breathing apparatus to enter the building and investigate. A small fire was found that had been contained by the company’s sprinkler system, with a hose reel jet used to fully extinguish the fire, and ventilation equipment to clear the smoke.
The fire had begun accidentally when rags in a waste bin self heated and ignited, and SFRS said it was ‘commending’ the company, which it works alongside to install sprinkler systems across the county, for having taken ‘steps to protect their business’. The company wasn’t legally required to fit sprinklers due to the warehouse’s ‘size and construction’, but senior executives ‘took the decision’ to fit sprinklers to ‘protect their business continunity’.
Stuart Ruckledge, SFRS’ fire protection manager, commented: ‘Thanks to this practical and sensible decision to protect their property with the product they manufacture, Project Fire are today able to continue shipping their products out as scheduled. Despite the minimal damage occurring, the activated sprinkler heads ensured the company will not suffer financially and mitigated any substantial fire damage.
‘This shows just how effective sprinklers are at saving property from significant damage and we’d highly recommend businesses consider installing them as part of their fire safety measures.’
Stuart Cain, the company’s managing director, added: ‘Although we are all naturally shocked by the fire incident today, it has shown that fire can strike anywhere and has brought home yet again how crucial and effective sprinklers are at protecting property from significant damage. Before this fire we passionately lobbied the benefits of fire sprinklers and are now all too aware of how much they genuinely protect against substantial loss to property and of course continue to save lives.’