Monday, March 31, 2014

Retail store fire suppressed by installed sprinklers (Cambridge, ON)

An electronics retailer had a fire break out, and local firefighters were alerted at about 1:30 a.m. on Monday. The facility's fire sprinklers suppressed the majority of the flames. Cambridge fire officials believe the fire was started by a faulty extension cord. There were no reported injuries.

College fire extinguished by sprinkler system (Red Wing, MN)

A late night fire the morning of Saturday, March 29 at a technical college, called the attention of fire crews. Though they arrived within seven minutes of their call, fire crews found the the building's fire sprinklers had effectively put out the flames. 

According to the Red Wing Fire Department, "The presence of a working sprinkler system and alarm system made what may have been a tragedy into a moderate inconvenience."

No injuries were reported.

Sprinklers limit damage at tire distribution business (Chambersburg, PA)

No injuries occurred from a fire at a tire distribution facility on Saturday afternoon. An employee smelled smoke coming from a stack of tires that were placed floor to ceiling, and he called fire crews to the scene.

"The fire triggered the sprinkler system and did what it was designed to do," Chambersburg Fire Department Captain Tim Ebersole said. He does not believe that work will be suspended at the business.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fire sprinklers keep fire from spreading at manufacturing plant (Paris, IL)

A lighting manufacturing plant had a fire break out early Sunday morning. The fire sprinkler system operated, keeping the fire to one area. All of the employees were able to evacuate the plant safely. 

Paris Fire Chief Brian Gates said of the incident, "The sprinkler system worked and contained the fire."

Retail store fire squelched by sprinkler system (Charlottesville, VA)

Fire crews were called to the scene of a retail store after a clothing rack caught fire on Sunday evening. The fire sprinklers in the store eliminated the blaze prior to the firefighters' arrival. There were no injuries, and the fire's cause remains under investigation.

Fire at multi-business building contained by sprinkler system (Folsom, CA)

A fire began in the electrical box at a restaurant on Sunday morning. Employees of the restaurant, which shares a building with several other businesses, were able to evacuate safely. According to the fire crews at the scene, the building's fire sprinklers activated on the fire, preventing the damage to the building from being much worse. No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fire sprinklers help put out fire at bowling alley (Minneapolis, MN)

Early Monday morning, a fire was reported at a bowling alley; fire crews arrived to find that the fire behind the pin racking machine. While the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, fire crews agree that the facility's fire sprinkler system helped to quickly eliminate the flames. No injuries were reported.

Manufacturing plant fire eliminated thanks to fire sprinklers (Seymour, IN)

No one was injured in a fire that broke out at an automobile parts manufacturing plant on Monday night. The fire began when an oil line on an injection mold machine malfunctioned; the exact cause of the malfunction is under investigation. Four to six of the building's fire sprinklers activated, extinguishing the flames. No one was reported injured from the incident.

Sprinkler system extinguishes condominium fire (Aurora, IL)

A fire ignited in a third floor condominium on Monday afternoon. The building, which houses a bank as well as numerous condominiums, had a fire sprinkler installed, which activated and eliminated the fire. Investigators report that the the incident was a cooking fire; there were no injuries reported.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fire sprinklers limit damage and save lives at refinery fire (Sidney, WA)

A fire broke out on the second floor of a refinery on Monday evening. Multiple sprinkler heads were activated by the fire, which kept the fire from spreading. The refinery sustained minimal damage, and all personnel were able to evacuate from the area safely. The fire's cause remains under investigation.

Warehouse fire controlled by sprinkler (Portsmouth, VA)

When a fire ripped through a warehouse on Tuesday evening, firefighters had to use saws to cut through the metal doors and as well as combat other obstacles as the warehouse had undergone several different remodels in order to accommodate the different businesses it has housed over the years. Fire crews discovered the the flames had been contained to a single area in the warehouse thanks to the building's fire sprinklers and were able to put the rest of the fire out. The fire, while under investigation, does not appear to be suspicious. No injuries were reported.

Sprinklers assist firefighters in restaurant fire (Over-the-Rhine, OH)

A fire in the basement of a restaurant spread to the first floor through heating ducts on Wednesday afternoon. The restaurant's fire sprinkler contained the fire to the point where it only took the responding fire department about 10 minutes to put out the remaining flames. No injuries were reported, and the fire's cause is under investigation.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fire sprinklers stop fire from spreading at apartment (Appleton, WI)

After a stove-top potpourri overheated in an apartment unit, a fire began and spread to the over-the-stove microwave. The fire sprinkler then activated and eliminated the flames prior to the fire crews arriving. No injuries were reported.

Sprinklers squelch arson fire at abandoned building (Burlington, VT)

On Thursday, March 6, a fire ripped through the third floor of a vacant building after a stint of vandalism. A single sprinkler head activated and extinguished the blaze. Burlington police and K-9 teams came to the scene, but they did not find a suspect.

Apartment fire extinguished thanks to sprinklers (Fishers, IN)

*** FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTED - NO MEDIA COVERAGE *** Fishers Fire and Emergency Services responded to a fire reported at an apartment building at 9:23 p.m. on March 1. They discovered that the fire that had begun on a third floor unit had been eliminated by a sprinkler head. The fire damage was limited to a few contents inside of a closet, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported, and no residents were displaced.

Fire sprinklers limit damage and save lives in commercial building (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)

Fire crews responded to a mid-morning fire at a commercial building on Tuesday, March 4. Upon arrival, they discovered that the fire had been eliminated by a single sprinkler head. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Apartment building saved from fire by sprinkler (Manalapan, NJ)

The utility room was the origin of a fire that began in an apartment building on Saturday, March 1. The responding fire crews reported that the fire had been put out prior to their arrival by the building's fire sprinkler system. There were no injuries reported, and the fire's cause is under investigation.

Department store fire contained by sprinkler system (Bakersfield, CA)

A department store had a fire break out in an office early Wednesday morning, and the Bakersfield Fire Department responded to the incident. The fire was contained by the building's fire sprinkler system when crews arrived, and no one was hurt in the incident. The cause of the fire appears to be electrical.

Sprinklers limit damage at unoccupied restaurant (San Diego, CA)

When a fire broke out in a restaurant while it was closed, the building's fire sprinkler kicked in to squelch the fire. According to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson, the sprinklers had activated prior to the SDFRD's arrival.

"So when we got there, there was no active fire," he said.

There were no injuries, and the exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Intentionally set fire at apartment eliminated by sprinkler (Morgantown, WV)

Just after midnight on Saturday, March 1, a fire began in an apartment building. The heat from the fire activated the fire sprinklers, which extinguished the blaze. Investigators have found the the fire was intentionally set, and the room in which it began was vandalized. No one was injured according to reports.

Fire sprinklers limit fire damage in high rise fire (Mt. Prospect, IL)

Fire sprinklers extinguished a fire that began in a high rise apartment the morning of Sunday, March 2. Just before 2 a.m., fire crews responded to a fire alarm activation at the building, and when they arrived, they found that the fire, which had begun in the laundry room, had already been extinguished by the fire sprinkler in the room. Investigators believe the fire was caused by oily rags, which spontaneously combusted. There were no injuries reported.

Apartment fire squelched by sprinkler system (Kansas City, MO)

A high rise apartment building reported a fire on the morning of Monday, March 3. Initial reports indicated that some of the residents may have to be evacuated residents on one of the floors, but the fire sprinkler system in the building eliminated the fire.

Fire sprinklers help stop fire from spreading at elementary school (Chaparral, NM)

A fire at an elementary school was limited thanks to both firefighters and the school's fire sprinkler system on Saturday morning. The incident, which is still under investigation, began in a part of the school which is under construction. Fire crews as well as the fire sprinkler system contained and eliminated the fire, and no injuries were reported.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Apartment saved from fire by sprinklers (Chapel Hill, NC)

Officials report that a fire in an unattended apartment unit the morning of February 28 is being blamed on the dryer vent hose. Even though the dryer was not being used at the time of the fire, it had recently been used. After the fire began, the fire sprinkler activated and eliminated the fire completely before fire crews arrived to the scene. No injuries were reported.

Fire caused by unattended candle suppressed by sprinkler system (El Mirage, AZ)

A West Valley business was saved by its sprinkler system after the building caught fire early Sunday morning. Fire crews from several cities responded the fire at Party Rental near Thunderbird and El Mirage roads. Firefighters saw smoke coming from the building but the fire had mostly been extinguished by the sprinklers when they arrived on scene."These people will be able to occupy their business Monday morning," El Mirage Fire Chief Howard Munding said. "If there was a fire without a sprinkler, these people would be out of business."A burning candle was identified as the cause of the fire.

Suspicious apartment fire put out by sprinkler system (North Bay, ON)

A flaming object that was thrown down the garbage chute of an apartment on Thursday night at about 10 p.m. The sprinkler system activated and put out the fire, and police report that thanks to the fire sprinkler, there was no damage to the building. This is the fourth time that a fire has started for similar reasons in this apartment building.