Fire bosses say sprinkler stopped blaze destroying Congleton firm

A sprinkler system prevented a Congleton medical distribution company from going up in smoke, according to Cheshire Fire bosses.

Emergency services were called out to the blaze at Reliance Medical Limited on Radnor Park Industrial Estate at 3am yesterday morning, with a total of 12 fire engines and an aerial platform on the scene at its height.

​​By 7.30am crews had successfully dealt with the fire and prevented it from spreading to other buildings. A fire investigation is being carried out and initial thoughts are that the cause is electrical.

Simon Gibbins, Head of Protection explained: “This building contained a huge amount of stock, with the company employing some 50 people. Thankfully, a sprinkler system contained the fire to one area which, although some stock was damaged, meant the majority of stock and the building were saved and will be back in operation within just a couple of days.

“Companies very rarely recover from a fire such as this, but the sprinkler system did its job and minimised the impact on the rest of the building, containing the flames to one area.

“Sprinklers work to suppress the flames and although the there was damage, the rest of the building escaped this fire. We would urge all business across the county to fit sprinklers in order to protect their business, their staff, customers and our firefighters."

Reliance Medical Managing Director Andy Pear is today feeling the benefits of having sprinklers. He said: “Whilst work has been paused for a couple of days to allow for us to take stock, without the sprinkler system we’d be talking two years, if not longer. As it is, we will be back to business as usual by Saturday.

“I would encourage any business which doesn’t have sprinklers to think very carefully about what they would do in a situation like this, and how their business would survive a fire. We certainly know and appreciate the value of sprinklers here at Reliance Medical."



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