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Sprinklers contain fire in H&M stock room

A fire in a clothing store in Newbury has been contained by a sprinkler system.

The fire broke out in the storeroom of H&M in the town’s Parkway shopping centre shortly after 8.00am on 24 September. Alerted by the fire detection system, staff attempted to tackle the fire with extinguishers but were driven back by the smoke.

Shortly afterwards six sprinkler heads activated in the storeroom, according to the National Fire Sprinkler Network, bringing the fire under control and confining the damage to the room of origin.

Fire crews from Newbury, Hungerford and Whitley Wood attended the incident and the fire was extinguished at around 8.45am.

A spokesperson for Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service told Newbury Today:

“This premises had a sprinkler system installed. It activated and worked very effectively an in this case has done an extremely great job and prevented a much more serious fire from occurring.” Source: Info4Fire

Our Response

Sprinklers have been proved time and again to be very effective in controlling fires in the early stages. It is the case in the USA that no one has ever died in a building protected by sprinklers. While it is not compulsory to fit sprinkler systems in the UK, the savings in the form of insurance premiums and downtime following a fire is considerable. SM(UK) would recommend the fitting of sprinklers in all buildings to reduce the risk from fire.

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