Sprinkler system helped save ASOS clothing warehouse in Barnsley

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Fire officers say a water sprinkler system helped limit the spread of a major fire at a clothing warehouse.

A blaze broke out at the 60,000 square metre site on Park Spring Ring, Grimethorpe, at around 10pm on Friday and firefighters believe an arson attack was to blame.

More than 60 firefighters were involved in the effort to extinguish the blaze, which is estimated have caused millions of pounds worth of damage in lost stock to fashion firm ASOS.

But fire chiefs said the loss could have been worse had the building not had a sprinkler system installed.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s Head of Prevention and Protection, Phil Shillito, said: “The fire suppression systems installed by ASOS were sophisticated, worked effectively and played a significant role in reducing the spread of the fire.

“This was still a major fire and our firefighters did a tremendous job in tackling the blaze and bringing it under control so quickly. But there is no doubt that the sprinkler system in place greatly limited the damage, and probably saved the warehouse from being destroyed.”

The fire affected four floors of the warehouse and distribution centre.