|On Wednesday 30 November there was a fire at clothing
manufacturer GAPs European Distribution Centre in Rugby.
The fire broke out in the main reception area and was
caused by a heater malfunction.
Fortunately for GAP the building is fitted with an
automatic sprinkler system that was designed and installed
by Grinnell UK. Upon detection of the fire the system
operated as designed and the fire was extinguished
by 1 sprinkler head.
The system is also maintained by Grinnell UK and
our maintenance engineer visited the site within 4
hours of the initial call to ensure that it was recommissioned
and reinstated as soon as possible. On arrival our
engineer found that the fire brigade had installed
a replacement sprinkler but unfortunately it was the
incorrect type. The sprinkler was changed and the
system put back in working order.
Grinnell UK's Service Dept Manager, Mr Andrew Monk,
said "It is nice to know that the systems we
all work hard to design, install and maintain do what
they are supposed to when needed. Well done everyone
The site is a 33 acre complex and is used as the
main UK distribution warehouse facility for a GAP.
The warehouse is 58,000m² in area and includes
goods receiving, storage, sortation and distribution
areas plus offices and has been designed to give a
clear internal height of 12m.
The whole facility is protected by a sprinkler system
designed by Grinnell UK to Factory Mutual rules and
a very comprehensive client specification using Grinnell
K25 and K14 ESFR sprinklers over the storage areas
and Grinnell extra large orifice sprinklers in the
receiving, sortation and shipping areas. In addition
there is supplementary protection below mezzanines,
manual picking stations, racking and conveyors.