A FIRE which ripped through a Mortimer hotel building last month (Nov), was due to an accidental cause, a fire service investigation has today (Thursday) revealed.
Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze at the Wokefield Park Hotel last month, with 12 fire engines, from three counties, sent to the scene and which engulfed the hotel's accommodation wing, situated next to the golf course.
More than 100 guests were believed to have been evacuated before the fire took hold, and which took several days to fully extinguish.
The cause of the blaze has since been under investigation by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), with the investigation now concluded, according to a statement issued today by the fire service.
The cause was accidental and related to smoking materials.
Chris Bunyan, Group Manager for Protection (commercial fire safety) at RBFRS, said effective fire safety systems were in place, leading to the safe evacuation of people in the building.
“However, had sprinklers been fitted in the building, the extent of the fire and the subsequent damage would have been greatly reduced," said Mr Bunyan.
“Sprinklers have many benefits both for businesses and domestic properties: they can reduce death and injury from fire, reduce the risks to firefighters, protect property and the environment, and reduce the financial impact of fire on businesses and the community.
“When a fire starts in a building which is protected by sprinklers, they control or extinguish the fire before the fire and rescue service arrives.
This means that the business is usually back up and running very quickly, with minimal cost and disruption. There have been over 140 fires where sprinklers have had this effect in industrial buildings over the past three years."
For more information, visit www.rbfrs.co.uk and click on: commercial fire safety.