Sprinkler system saves building

Shortly after 6pm last night fire crews attended a fire at the household waste recycling centre in Mile End Industrial Estate Oswestry.

The fire involved a large quantity of household rubbish inside the building andwas being supressed by a sprinkler system when fire crews arrived. The premises were severely smoke logged.

It took fire fighters working with staff from the occupiers ‘Veolia’ three hours to extinguish the fire.

Station Manager John Griffiths praised the company for installing a sprinkler system.

‘Without the intervention of the sprinkler system there is no doubt that the fire would have been extremely severe and would have resulted in extensive damage to the building structure and the loss of a valuable public facility. In this case disruption to the business has been minimal with the facility remaining open to the public as normal’.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service actively promote the installation of sprinkler systems in buildings and would encourage businesses to consider the benefits of damage limitation and business continuity demonstrated by the effectiveness of the sprinkler system at this incident.

14th August, 2012