A Member University has submitted a claim arising out of a fire at their campus. The building is a storeroom/warehouse, which had timber pallets stacked against an outside wall, awaiting collection. The fire originated from what appears to be the deliberate ignition of these pallets. The fire was detected by a fire sensor, and the alarm raised. The building was not fitted with automatic sprinklers.
Inside the building, a large quantity of paper was stored against the sheet metal wall where the fire started. Due to the heat of the fire on the outside, the wall buckled and the paper caught alight with the fire quickly spreading throughout the structure, causing total destruction of the contents, and extensive damage to the building.