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Sprinklers could have limited Croydon riot blaze

Better building design could have limited the effects of the huge blaze at a furniture store in Croydon on Monday night, a fire expert said this morning.

If the building had been equipped with sprinklers the outcome of the fire at the House of Reeves furniture store could have been very different, leading independent fire safety expert Fathi Tarada told NCE.

Tarada said sprinklers in the building could have prevented the fire growing as large as it did, and said the issue should be looked at closely by planners.

“It is a shame that big buildings are not protected by sprinklers because that fire would have been stopped at source,” he said.

Tarada also said earlier attention by firefighters to a neighbouring building could have prevented the fire from spreading. He said the building opposite House of Reeves was smoking for some time before flames appeared there, but firefighters did not direct hoses toward it until “it was too late”.

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