London Fire Brigade

Brigade concerns over lack of sprinklers in schools

Firefighters have not attended a single school or college fire in London this year where sprinklers were fitted, new figures have revealed.

London Fire Brigade said of the 57 educational establishments in London which had fires up until 25 July, none had automatic fire suppression systems (AFSS) fitted.

Between 2014 and July this year, only 2.3% - 13 - of the 565 so-called "school fires" had sprinklers.

The statistics cover blazes attended by fire crews at preschools and nurseries, infant and primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities, the brigade said.

It said it wanted sprinklers to be mandatory in all new school builds and for others to be fitted with them during major refurbishments.

Firefighter with a sprinkler
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Its deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety Charlie Pugsley said: "Sprinklers are the only fire safety system that detects a fire, suppresses a fire and can raise the alarm."

He added: "Millions of pounds are wasted every year repairing fire damage in London's schools when sprinklers could have prevented the spread of fire.

"This is not just about saving money; when a school is closed it disrupts a child's education, impacts on the local community and affects parents by closing breakfast and after school clubs."

The fire service said that sprinklers are especially important during the summer holidays when buildings are empty and fires can smolder undetected, causing "extensive and expensive" damage.

Acton fire out and 29 leave building safely

London Fire Brigade have confirmed that a fire at Bromyard Avenue, Acton is now out and "Thankfully, there are no reports of any injuries."

Flat fire
London Fire Brigade

Part of a five-roomed flat on the top floor of a six-storey block was alight.

One woman left the affected flat and a further 29 people left the building before the brigade arrived.

The blaze was brought under control by crews at 13:18 BST and the cause of the fire is now under investigation.

Six crews tackle Acton flat fire

Fire crews are tackling a fire at a block of flats in Acton.

Fire at flat
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Six fire engines and 40 firefighters are at the scene having been called out at 11:48 BST to the flat on Bromyard Avenue.

London Fire Brigade said part of a five-roomed flat on the fifth floor is ablaze.

It has not yet confirmed if anyone has been injured and the cause of the fire is not known at this stage.