Deluge system averts Appleton paper recycling disaster

A fire at Shred-It on Barleycastle Trading Estate in Appleton on Tuesday 30th June was caused by a conveyor belt overheating.

The damage at the Appleton shredding company was dramatically reduced thanks to them having a deluge fire sprinkler system installed in the machinery.

Keith Brooks, Head of Protection and Prevention: “By the very nature of its business, this factory contains highly combustible products which, if a fire was able to take hold would prove disastrous. Thankfully, the deluge system contained the flames to the machine involved.”
In addition to the deluge system, the company has a sprinkler system installed across the building which is an additional safeguard. A sprinkler system works by suppressing flames and operates automatically when fire is close to a sprinkler head. The heat breaks the head and releases a spray of water to limit the fire from spreading.

Continued Keith: “This company has taken the very responsible and correct steps to minimise damage from fire, from which companies very rarely recover. As a Service we are very proactive in the promotion of sprinkler systems as they drastically reduce the damage caused by a fire and therefore minimise the disruption and time taken to achieve business continuity.”

Four fire engines, three from Cheshire and one from Greater Manchester, were sent to the fire which was in a unit measuring some 45 metres square. 

Firefighters, two wearing breathing apparatus, isolated the electricity supply to the machinery unit and used a hose reel jet to make sure the fire was completely out.

Firefighters remained at the scene to damp down and used a forklift truck to remove paper bales from the affected area.

More information about sprinkler systems

Also, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has lead officers in each of the county’s unitary areas who are be able to offer specific advice to businesses.

Image shows the conveyor system involved in the fire at Shred-It


For media information please call Sarah on 01606 868451, email sarah.dornford-may@cheshirefire.gov.uk.


Date published: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:36:02 GMT

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Shred It - conveyor belt fire in Cheshire on 30th June 2015