A house in Trowbridge escaped being badly damaged by fire last week, thanks to an innovative fire safety system.


The Studley Green estate was the first housing development in Europe to be fitted with domestic sprinklers, following its rebuild in 1999. On January 6, a property in Kingswood Chase had its sprinklers activated when fire broke out in a first floor bedroom. Two crews from Trowbridge fire station were called to the address at 1838, but found the blaze had been extinguished by the sprinklers. As a result, the fire damage was minimal, and there was no risk to the house's occupants, who were downstairs at the time. Although the exact cause of the fire remains unclear, there were no suspicious circumstances.


Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service actively lobbies for the inclusion of sprinkler systems in domestic and commercial properties. Chief Fire Officer Andy Goves said: "This is the third time that the sprinklers at Studley Green have done their job, and it is heartening to know that so little fire damage was caused. It is quite clear that this would have developed into a significant fire had the sprinklers not activated, affecting the bedroom and potentially the whole top floor of the house."


He added: "Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is a key campaigner for the National Fire Sprinkler Network, which is lobbying to have sprinkler systems installed in schools, care homes, houses of multiple occupation, multi-storey residential premises and commercial premises. In Wiltshire we have had a number of local successes, but this latest fire shows that no-one can afford to be complacent."


Date posted: 11.01.11