School saved by sprinklers after an electrical fire

Cleveland Fire Brigade was called to a fire in a school in Marske by the sea last night, which was out on arrival thanks to sprinklers that had been installed, protecting the school from significant damage.

The incident comes just weeks after Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton praised Hartlepool Borough Council’s move to introduce a policy ensuring sprinkler systems will be included in all plans for new schools.

The fire, which took place at Bydales School on Marlborough Avenue, was caused by an electrical fault in a washing machine which was situated in the caretaker’s office. Two fire engines attended the incident, one from Redcar and one from Skelton, but the fire was already out on their arrival.

Joe Flounders, Head of Fire Engineering said, “Thanks to the sprinklers, the fire was kept contained and also extinguished, creating only minimum fire damage the area. Had the sprinklers not been there, the fire could have easily spread causing severe damage to the school; impacting on the student’s education. Thankfully the school was still able to open this morning.

This incident once again proves the value that sprinklers can play; they are highly effective in the suppression of fires and play a huge part in improving the safety of the people in the building and the protection of property. They also bring down the cost of fire, reduce the impact on the environment and minimalize disruption to the community.

We urge owners all vulnerable buildings including schools, residential care homes, high rise blocks, houses in multiple occupation and large commercial premises, to fit sprinklers. As well as encouraging other Councils to follow in the footsteps of Hartlepool Borough Council to ensure all future plans for schools include sprinkler systems.”