One of Southampton's most historic buildings was saved from serious damage yesterday thanks to its in-built sprinkler system. Fire crews were called to the Solent Flour Mills building, now operated by Rank Hovis, at Western Docks just before 10am to a fire on the second floor.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the building and found the floor heavily smoke-logged. They were able to locate and extinguish the fire, which had been contained to the milling machine it started in by the sprinkler system. All staff were safely evacuated from the building and the damage limited to the affected machine.
Group Manager Ryan Thurman, officer in charge of the incident, said: 'The presence of sprinklers in the building prevented this fire from becoming a life-threatening incident and also saved the building and the business from serious damage.
'The activation of the sprinklers meant the fire was kept under control and was stopped from spreading, which helped protect not only the staff in the building but also our firefighters who went into tackle the flames.
'The effect of fire on a company can be catastrophic and systems such as the one installed at the mill can save not only lives but also businesses and jobs.'
Police and fire services In Hampshire are expected to save £1.2m a year by sharing headquarters. In the first deal of its type in the UK, senior police officers will next year move into Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters in Eastleigh. The move comes after a successful funding bid to the Government.
Hampshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue Services were called to a fire on the Blue Haze landfill site near Ringwood early this morning.
The fire involved an area of non-hazardous waste approximately two acres in size and around 35 firefighters have worked to contain the fire and bring it under control. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said that smoke may be visible in the local area but it is not believed to present any threat to health. However, he said members of the public should be aware of the possible effects of smoke.
An investigation is underway in Hampshire after a fire at a complex of industrial units on Dradfield Lane in Soberton Heath.
Around 70 firefighters from Wickham, Droxford, Bishops Waltham, Fareham, Cosham, Havant, Eastleigh, Botley, Lyndhurst, Alton, Romsey, Hightown, Southsea, Petersfield, Portchester and Beaulieu were called to the site just after 1.35am.
The units and seven vehicles were destroyed in the blaze. The fire was extinguished at about 6am.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue are warning teenagers and children about the dangers of mud and water after they attended three separate incidents in the last three days.
Three boys were rescued from mud at Bittern Manor on Sunday, another teenager was rescued from Farlington in Portsmouth and a third was rescued from mud this morning in Southampton.
Station Manager Rob Dellow said, "These incidents act as an urgent reminder of the dangers of mud and water. Luckily the casualties in these recent incidents managed to get out or were rescued by emergency services. These incidents could so easily have had devastating consequences.”
Their advice for what you should do if you do become stuck in mud include:
Lie down, spread your arms and legs wide apart and shout for help
Get someone to call 999
Do not stand upright or attempt any movement as this makes you sink even more quickly
If you see someone stuck in the mud, always go for help- do not go into the mud yourself