Supermarket fire stopped by sprinklers

Supermarket fire stopped by sprinklers

AN ASDA store in Rotherham saw a fire extinguished by its sprinkler system ‘fitted to suppress’ fires.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue announced that the Rotherham store, in Aldwarke Lane, experienced a fire earlier this summer 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’.

The service 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’.

At the moment, only commercial premises bigger that  20,000m2 ‘must have sprinkler systems installed’, and the service ‘adopted a position statement last year which specifically advocated the use of sprinklers and other fire suppression systems in non-domestic premises and high-risk residential settings’.

Amy Jenkinson, business fire safety manager, commented: ‘The fire suppression systems installed by Asda were sophisticated, worked effectively and completely extinguished the fire. There is no doubt that having sprinkler systems like this in place can save businesses massive amounts of time and money by limiting losses of stock and custom in the event that a fire does occur.’