On January 31st, a fire impacted one of our two information centers at 5 North 11th Street, Brooklyn NY. Fortunately, all our employees were safe and no injuries were reported as a result of the fire, other than a report that a neighbourhood resident suffered slight smoke inhalation. However, the building and all its holdings appear to be a total loss. It is too early to determine the cause, however, we are working with local fire authorities and fully supporting the investigation.
Recall is grateful to the men and women of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and all emergency personnel for their dedication battling this fire, especially given the severe winter weather conditions. Recall is communicating directly with all customers that are impacted by the event, and the Company is working to confirm the status of assets stored in the Information Center. Supporting our customers is our priority at this time and Recall is committed to keeping all of its customers informed.
FDNY authorities and likely other government agencies will be investigating the cause of the fire and Recall has and will continue to cooperate fully with investigators in this regard. At the conclusion of investigations into this incident, Recall will examine the findings so that we can continue to make our facilities as safe and secure as possible.
The Brooklyn Information Center, like each of Recall’s 300+ information centers, had a robust fire detection and suppression system. According to all accounts, the Recall fire detection system and sprinkler systems were activated early Saturday morning in response to a small fire in the warehouse. At this time the system automatically dispatched local fire authorities and sprinklers were activated in the affected zone. The fire department arrived quickly and addressed the minor fire and then turned off the sprinklers. After approximately 45 minutes, the fire department departed the premises and Recall contacted the sprinkler company to reactivate the system. Less than an hour later, a Recall employee identified smoke coming from the same zone as the first incident. Once again, the fire system automatically notified local authorities. Fire authorities quickly arrived, but unfortunately the sprinklers remained inactive after the first incident and the fire was not able to be contained.
The Brooklyn Information Centre is insured and the fire is not expected to materially impact financial results as the facility held less than 1% of Recall’s global holdings.
Recall has mobilized additional resources to address specific concerns: