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The need for sprinkler systems was extremely evident recently when a self storage warehouse in Croydon was involved in a major blaze. One customer of the facility, who stored stock related to his beauty business had a loss amounting to £180,000, effectively bringing his business to a standstill. The same customer stored items which had belonged to his late mother in another unit on the same site.

Similarly, another customer placed the entire contents of her home at the site including furniture, clothes and family photographs, cards and letters. Also an amount of heirlooms and letters from her deceased grandmother were lost. This type of event is devastating for all concerned as fire does not discriminate when it comes to what is valuable and sentimental and what is unwanted.

The owners of the storage company have apologised stated that they had complied fully with building regulations, but this was called into question by the complainants. Amongst the concerns raised by those affected was the fact that there were no sprinklers at the premises which had 1,198 storage units.

Steve Reed, labour MP for Croydon North commented about the fire, which occurred on New Years Eve, “Not only was the design of the building not constructed to contain fire, it sounds like it was constructed to facilitate the spread of fire”.

“The fact that the walls didn’t go up to the top of every unit allows the flames to spread from one unit to another, the fact you have no idea what was in each unit… there could have been flammable material.

“There were no sprinklers in place. It sounds to me that these people have been sold services on the basis that this facility was safe and secure, but actually no measures have been put in to make sure a fire like this could get put out rapidly.”

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