Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service received reports of an automatic fire alarm sounding in a block of flats and operational crews were mobilised from St Austell Community Fire Station.

On arrival, it was identified that a fire had been extinguished by the residential sprinkler system within a flat, one occupant required medical attention due to the effects of smoke inhalation. The fire was contained within the flat preventing further fire spread and flashover.

Coverage of the system included all 67 residential flats, communal areas, laundry room and store shed, the installation was completed in February 2019.

Cornwall FRS & BAFSA confirmed that this incident clearly identifies the benefits of retrofitting residential sprinklers, in this case within a 12-storey high-rise residential block…. MORE