A high-rise office building in the Perth CBD was saved after firefighters contained a large fire in under an hour.
Firefighters were called to the 10 storey Ingress building on Adelaide Terrace on February 22, after a direct brigade alarm (DBA) was activated. Upon arrival, they discovered thick smoke on the second floor.
Five pumps and a special equipment tender (SET) were called in and firefighters conducted a search and risk assessment, using a thermal imaging camera due to low visibility.
Thankfully, the incident occurred at night so the building was unoccupied and evacuations weren’t necessary.
Around 30 firefighters from Perth, Kensington, Osborne Park, Daglish and Belmont Fire Stations worked to bring the fire under control, isolating it to the second floor and minimising damage where possible.
The building suffered smoke, water and structural damage, mainly on the second floor.
Perth District Officer Al Crossman said it was fortunate the building’s DBA was activated, as there was no obvious sign of fire from outside.
The Fire Investigation and Analysis Unit, along with fire engineers from the Built Environment Branch, conducted an investigation to examine the impact the building's fixed firefighting equipment had on fire suppression.
The area of origin was narrowed down to an office workstation where several possible accidental ignition sources were identified.
Western Power, WA Police, the City of Perth, ATCO Gas and the building’s manager provided key support and information to fire crews.
Al said fires in multi-storey buildings were challenging but crews were well trained to deal with them.
“There’s a potential for smoke and fire to spread throughout multiple levels, and the effectiveness of fire safety systems can vary a lot between buildings of different ages,” he said.
“Metropolitan crews regularly train for these types of incidents and that really proved its worth with crews working calmly and systematically to get the fire under control quickly.”