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Press Release - Sprinklers suppress deliberate car fire near flats
Posted on 12/01/2018

A fire created when a vehicle was deliberately set alight was prevented from spreading to nearby flats by the activation of a sprinkler system.

Two fire crews from Chard attend the fire in the town’s Fore Street area at 1.52am on Friday 5 January. A car which had been set on fire rolled into another car under a car port area, causing fire and smoke to affect nearby residential flats.

Fire Investigator Paul Mitchell said: “The fire was already starting to spread to the second vehicle when the crews arrived and they worked hard to extinguish the fire quickly.

“Fortunately, there was a sprinkler system in the car port that had activated, this undoubtedly suppressed the spread of the fire to the flats until the arrival of the fire crews.

“This incident really shows the value of sprinklers and how effective they can be in stopping the spread of fires.”

Sprinklers play a positive role in protecting life, reducing the economic and environmental cost of fire in any building they are installed in.

Sprinklers can:

• Reduce fire deaths and fire related injuries
• Reduce the risk to operational crews
• Protect property and heritage
• Reduce the effects of arson
• Reduce the environmental impact of fire
• Reduce the cost and disruption to the community and business.

Only sprinklers within close proximity to the fire will be activated, meaning water will only be released in the places directly affected by the fire.

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