Sprinklers save loss of warehouse: a recent fire in an Asda warehouse on the Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton, was extinguished by sprinklers, leaving minor damage and preventing the likely loss of the building. As fate would have it, the warehouse was situated next to the City Logistics building.(Fire Report)

A potential major conflagration was recently thwarted by the operation of an automatic fire sprinkler system in a large distribution warehouse on the Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton.

The premises are a major distribution centre for the Asda supermarket chain and consist of a large, modern, purpose-built warehouse storing a wide variety of house hold goods. The overall dimensions are approximately 170m x 150m with a height of 17m to the eaves At the front of the building is a three-storey office section and the premises are in operation 24-hours a day.

Within the warehouse is a four level mezzanine zone. Clothing items hanging on rails move around this section where they are batched for dispatch. …

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