Paul Clayton, Senior Fire Safety Inspector with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has reported a successful sprinkler activation, which took place at a major retail store in West Yorkshire on March 26.
Paul Clayton told FIRE that the fire had started from an electrical fault with a fork lift truck in the store's warehouse area, which then spread to some nearby racking. Staff quickly raised the alarm via a manual call point and the store was immediately evacuated in an orderly and efficient manner.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service mobilised two pumping appliances to the incident in the 4000 m² building which is located over two floors. Upon arrival it was noted that a single sprinkler head had activated, controlling and containing the fire to a small area of under 20m².
Four firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus and using 2 hose-reels extinguished the remains of the fire and ventilated the stores area using Positive Pressure Ventilation. (PPV)
Damage was restricted to the immediate area of the fire and after about 90 minutes the store had re-opened and was trading again. Disruption to the busy weekend's trading was described as minimal.
Posted: 10.28am, 31.03.11