A sprinkler system helped save the Bussey Building in Peckham after a small fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.
A small fire broke out in an art studio on the fourth floor of the building and the sprinkler system alarm sounded and alerted people to the fire. Four people left the building before the arrival of the Brigade.
The sprinkler system activated and controlled the fire until the Brigade arrived.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “This incident highlights the clear benefits of sprinklers to businesses and we would urge all companies and business owners to install them.
“In this case the sprinklers successfully contained the fire until crews arrived.
“As well as limiting fire damage and being potentially life saving devices, sprinklers and other fire suppression systems help with business continuity by minimising disruption and allowing businesses to get back to normal as soon as possible.”
The Brigade was called at 0146 and the fire was under control at 0325. Fire crews from Peckham, New Cross, Old Kent Road, Greenwich, Deptford and Brixton fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.