12th Feb 2014

Student Accommodation Fire – Halls of Residence

student accommodation kitchen fire in halls of residence

unattended cooking causes kitchen fire in halls of residence


A kitchen fire in a student accommodation apartment was quickly extinguished by a fire sprinkler system before it got out of control. The fire was the result of an item left unattended on a oven ring. Though the heat was enough to melt sections of the wall and the microwave oven above, the sprinkler head doused the fire and prevented its spread throughout the apartment. “This clearly demonstrates how residential sprinkler systems dramatically decrease property damage and, of course, save lives”.  1000 students were evacuated from the building at 3am in the morning. Fortunately no one was injured in the incident and the students returned to their apartment two hours later, when the Fire Service deemed it safe. 

Student Accommodation London, Kitchen Fire:

At 20:37 hours on Monday 30th December 2013 a call was received to a fire in a kitchen at student halls of residence in Lebus Street, Tottenham, London. Two appliances were mobilised to the incident. When crews investigated they found that there had been a cooker fire in one of the accommodation units. The fire had been extinguished by one head of the fire sprinkler system and no fire-fighting action was required by crews who attended.

It is also reported that all occupants safely vacated the building upon alert to the fire situation.

These two news articles are the tip of the iceberg where fires in student accommodation are concerned, it is not a new phenomena and it will sadly never stop, as is the nature of the human being and our actions.  But with a fire sprinkler system the lives of our future generations and our establishments of education can be protected and remain safer from fire.

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