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Last updated: 15/08/2019, 2:18 PM

Office fire – Paddington

14/08/2019 20:42
Kensington and Chelsea
Fire at commercial property

Sprinklers saved an office from being destroyed after a fire broke out late at night.  

A security guard at the office block on Kingdom Street called the Brigade after the sprinkler system activated and a smoke alarm sounded.

The sprinkler system helped control the fire spread until firefighters arrived. Crews were able to confine the fire to the kitchen area where the blaze originated.

Watch Manager Phil Wigley was at the scene, he 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 controlled the fire spread, limiting damage to the building and preventing anyone from being put at risk from any fire.

“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.”

Part of a kitchen on the seventh floor of the nine storey building was damaged by fire. Thirty people were evacuated from the building by onsite staff.

The Brigade was called at 2042 and the incident was over by 2149. Five fire engines and around 35 firefighters from Paddington, Northolt and North Kensington fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

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