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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Sprinklers Extinguish Factory Fire

24/11/2010

A sprinkler system has prevented a serious fire at a meat factory in Codsall after a commercial fryer accidentally caught fire.

"It is without a doubt that sprinklers save lives, businesses, money and the environment. Our advice is that all businesses should fit sprinklers."

Crew Manager, Justin Cooley

One crew from Codsall and an appliance from a neighbouring fire service were called to Cargill Meats Europe on Wobaston Road in Bilbrook at 9.55pm last night to deal with the incident.

On arrival, crews found the fire had already been extinguished by the sprinkler system. Crew Manager Justin Cooley said: "The fire had been contained to the fryer by the sprinklers and was already out on arrival. There was limited damage thanks to the sprinklers so Cargill Meats Europe was able to continue with business as usual.

"It is without a doubt that sprinklers save lives, businesses, money and the environment. Our advice is that all businesses should fit sprinklers."

Crews checked that the area was safe before leaving the scene at 10.25pm.

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer said: "Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are supporting the progressive changes in legislation to install sprinklers on a wider basis than they currently are. Welsh Assembly Member, Ann Jones, hopes to make the installation of sprinkler systems mandatory in all new residential properties in Wales and Lord Harrison has proposed a change in legislation that sprinklers are fitted in all new buildings."

The Service have held a number of events in recent years for councillors, MPs, insurance companies and home builders, to raise awareness of the benefits of sprinklers. The Service’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness is the Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on the topic.