Friday, October 31, 2014

Sprinkler saves business from overnight fire (Cottonwood, AZ)

Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, Cottonwood Fire crews weresent to a business in the 1700 block of East Villa Drive. Firefighters foundthe building was full of smoke and the fire sprinkler alarm was sounding. Crewsquickly got inside the building and located the seat of the fire. The blaze hadbeen controlled by a single fire sprinkler in the ceiling. Fire damage wasisolated to the room where the fire started. Fire officials credit thesprinkler with saving the structure, furnishings and business documents fromextensive fire damage.

Sprinkler system activates, helps control fire at H-E-B grocery store (Bastrop, TX)

The Bastrop Fire Department responded to a fire call at Bastrop H-E-B on Hasler Boulevard at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday, according to Bastrop Fire Chief Henry Perry. The fire, which broke out near the aisle containing paper towels and toilet paper, took approximately 45 minutes to contain, he said. Perry said the cause of the fire was unknown as of Wednesday morning. The case is under investigation, the chief said.  “The fire protection system in the building worked like it was supposed to,” he said. “It worked perfectly.”

Sprinkler system keeps fire from spreading at grocery store (Mesa, AZ)

A small fire was big enough to force the evacuation of a Basha's grocery store in Mesa on Monday night. The fire started in one of the store's aisles about 9 p.m. and the store's sprinkler system prevented it from spreading, a Mesa Fire Department spokesman said. All customers were evacuated safely from the store near Brown Road and Mesa Drive, the spokesman said.

Sprinkler puts out residence hall fire at Texas Woman's University (Denton, TX)

A small fire in the Stark Hall residence tower on the Denton campus of Texas Woman’s University caused an evacuation Sunday night, according to a news release issued by the university. The small fire occurred in the basement laundry room and sent smoke through several floors of the building. The sprinkler system in the laundry room extinguished the fire within minutes, according to the news release. There were no injuries reported and no damage to the structure other than the laundry room.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fire in vacant building exinguished by sprinkler system, adjacent buildings saved (Brighton, MI)

Brighton fire and police officials are investigating a trash fire at a downtown building. "When they got there, it smelled like smoke," Chief Michael O'Brian of the Brighton Area Fire Department said. "In this case, the sprinklers extinguished the fire." Firefighters found "some trash" in a mechanical room had burned, the chief explained. O'Brian said had the sprinkler system not worked, the fire could have easily burned the building at 139 E. Grand River Ave., which once housed Kathleen's Cookies, and surrounding buildings.

Sprinklers limit spread of garage fire to single-family home, no injuries (Fontanta, CA)

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was reported at 12:25 p.m. in the 7300 block of Kamloops Avenue. The fire apparently started at an exterior fence, spread to the attached garage, and then jumped into a second story bedroom. All of the occupants of the house escaped safely. While inside, they had smelled smoke and went outside to discover the fire in the garage. The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes, and the residence had a sprinkler system which helped protect the second story bedroom, the Fire Department said.

Fire at high-rise apartment building put out by sprinkler system (Roanoke, VA)

Some residents in Melrose Towers in Roanoke are displaced after their homes sustained water damage in a small fire Monday afternoon. No one was hurt. The fire was reported at 1:50 p.m. Monday at Melrose Towers, which is in the 3000 block of Melrose Avenue. The fire started in an eighth-floor apartment. The fire was put out by the sprinkler system in the building.

Fire in movie theater storage closet controlled by sprinkler system (Hilton Head, SC)

A storage room at a Hilton Head Island movie theater caught fire Sunday afternoon, according to Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Joheida Fister. The building's sprinkler system was activated by the fire, limiting damage to the closet where the fire started, Fister said.  All theater occupants were evacuated before Fire and Rescuearrived, and no injuries were reported.

Trash chute fire at apartment complex extinguished by sprinkler system (Portland, OR)

A small fire in a garbage chute or trash room closed an apartment complex in the 1900 block of SW Morrison in front of Providence Park Sunday afternoon. The fire was put out by sprinklers. No one was injured.

Sprinklers help control fire at footwear warehouse (Eugene, OR)

Fire crews put out a blaze at a northwest Eugene warehouse Sunday night. About 20 Eugene-Springfield firefighters brought the fire under control at Zadehkicks footwear warehouse. "They were met by the occupant who had basically extinguished the bulk of the fire," Battalion Chief Brian Smith said. "The sprinkler system went off to finish it off. Our crews mopped it up, cleaned it up. Checked the occupant who had some smoke inhalation - but he's OK."  Investigators said the fire was accidentally caused by candles.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fire officials credit sprinkler system with minimizing damage in school fire (Bozeman, MT)

The Rae and Sourdough Fire Departments were dispatched to the Heritage Christian School for a fire alarm at 5:09 a.m. A deputy was first on the scene and advised there was heavy smoke in the building. The fire was declared under control at 6:37 a.m. and there were no injuries reported.

The fire department reports that the fire and associated damage was minimized because of the fire sprinkler and alarm system installed during the last remodel of the building. On Aug. 25, 2012, the school sustained significant damage in arson-related fire.

Fire at University of Illinois laboratory extinguished by sprinkler system (Champaign, IL)

Nobody was hurt in a fire at a University of Illinois laboratory on Wednesday afternoon. Urbana Fire Marshal Phil Edwards said firefighters were called to Roger Adams Laboratory (600 S. Mathews Ave.) at 4:13 p.m. We got a call that somebody reported smoke and flames coming from a closet in one of the rooms,” Edwards said.  By the time firefighters arrived, the building’s sprinkler system had already put out the fire, he said. Since the fire took place in an electrical closet, firefighters believe that electrical problems may have been the cause.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fire sprinkler system saves Chevrolet dealership from significant damage (Medford, OR)

A sprinkler prevented what could have been millions of dollars in damage when a fire broke out at Airport Chevrolet early today, fire officials said. Medford Fire-Rescue reported crews responded to a fire alarm at the business, 3001 Biddle Road, at 7:24 a.m.  A sprinkler had activated, controlling the spread of flames, but there was still a small fire in the workshop area, which crews snuffed by 7:38 a.m. There were no injuries reported

Unattended cooking fire extinguished by sprinkler system at Oasis Grand Destinations Resort (Mesquite, NV)

Two people were transported to Mesa View for evaluation of smoke inhalation after an unattended pot with oil and water in it caught fire Saturday evening at the Oasis Grand Destinations Resort. The entry team reported that the fire was out and that multiple sprinkler heads had been activated. The automatic sprinklers extinguished the fire and limited the fire damage to the stove top and some cabinets immediately above the stove. Upon searching the unit, firefighters discovered a 47 year old male face down and unconscious in the bedroom.  It is believed that he had an underlying medical condition which prevented him from responding to the fire and evacuating from the building.  His 8 year old son was also transported to Mesa View as a precaution in stable condition.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fire at Menards store put out by sprinkler system, suspect being held (Evansville, IN)

EvansvillePolice and fire departments were called out to the eastside Menards shortlyafter 4:00 pm for a fire in the back section of the store. Investigators saythe store's sprinkler system immediately activated and put out the flames. EPD confirms one employee was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.A Robards, Kentucy man is behind bars, accused of starting the fire.

Sprinkler system acts quickly to extinguish apartment fire (Pembroke, MA)

A small fire at a Pembroke Woods apartment building recently forced residents to evacuate, but was put out by the building’s sprinkler system. At about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, a fire was reported.  Pembroke Fire Chief Jim Neenan said the fire took place in one room of the apartment, where the resident had improperly disposed of a cigarette.  No one was hurt in the fire.

Another apartment building saved by fire sprinkler system (Pullman, WA)

A kitchen stove and cabinets in a third floor apartment in Pullman were damaged when a pot on a stove caught fire about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. It was extinguished by the building's sprinkler system, the fire department reported.  No injuries reported.  The unit was occupied by a family of three.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sprinkler system activates to help control fire at paper company (Williamsport, MD)

The Maryland Paper Company in Williamsport is recoveringThursday after machinery caught fire late Wednesday night.  According to Deputy Chief State Fire MarshalJason Mowbray, the fire originated in a 2011 JCB Front End Loader, which isused to manipulate and handle paper for the products the company creates. Thefire then spread to the flammable products nearby. There were no injuriesreported, and the only damage the company sustained was the loss of the FrontEnd Loader and the replacement of the sprinkler head system.

Residents of historic apartment building saved with help from fire sprinkler system (Minneapolis, MN)

Four people escaped an apartment fire in Minneapolis overnight. Crews say the fire broke out around 11 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the Stonehouse Square Apartments on the 200 block of Broadway Street Northeast. The fire was contained to one unit and was extinguished by a sprinkler system in the apartment complex, firefighters say. The fire chief says the fire appears to have started on the stove.

Automatic fire sprinkler system helps minimize damage in apartment fire (Brattleboro, VT)

A fire that originated inside a Western Avenue building early Thursday morning left only one room and part of the roof damaged. The building was totally occupied at the time of the fire, Brattleboro Fire Chief Mike Bucossi said. According to Bucossi, the fire started where the vent pipe furnace comes off the pellet furnace. It traveled up the wall and into the attic space.  "Two of the sprinkler heads activated and it really helped to contain the fire," said Bucossi. "It made a big difference in the overall outcome of how serious this fire could have been."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kitchen apartment fire extinguished by sprinkler system (Elkton, MD)

A stove-top fire caused about $7,500 damage to an apartment building in Elkton, Maryland, fire officials said Wednesday. The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in an apartment under renovation in a three-story building formerly known as The Ritz, said Oliver J. Alkire, senior deputy state fire marshal. A sprinkler system put out the first-floor fire before firefighters arrived.  No injuries were reported.

Arson fire at high school controlled with help from sprinkler system (Norcross, GA)

Fire sprinklers suppress fire and limit damage in apartment fire (Denton, TX)

At 6:30 p.m., the Denton Fire Department responded to an apartment fire. Upon arrival, fire crews discovered light smoke coming from the doorway, and the fire had already been suppressed by a fire sprinkler in the apartment's kitchen. The resident of the apartment claimed the fire began as a result of a cooking fire on the stove top, and the occupant tried to retrieve the fire extinguisher when the sprinkler activated and extinguished the flames.  No injuries were reported.

Sprinklers extinguish laundry room fire at Hawthorn Suites hotel (Vandalia, OH)

A gas leak caused a fire in the laundry at the Hawthorn Suites, Vandalia. Fire crews say gas leaking from a broken gas line was ignited by the hot water heater. Fire crews partially evacuated the building. Officials say the sprinkler system activated and extinguished the flames before firefighters arrived. No one was injured in the fire.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sprinklers helps extinguish overnight fire at Toll Brothers' plant (Morrisville, PA)

A Morrisville factory escaped serious damage Tuesday morning after a machine malfunction started a fire in a ventilation system that collects sawdust.  The accidental fire occurred shortly after midnight at a Toll Brothers' construction plant, which makes panels for the builder’s homes.The fire forced the evacuation of the plant, but the business’ sprinkler system started putting out the fire before firefighters arrived and finished the job, Morrisville Fire Marshal Robert Seward said.

Fire at Mississippi State University dormitory contained by sprinkler system (Starkville, MS)

Mississippi State University officials say repairs are beginning immediately on a women's dormitory that was damaged by a Sunday night fire that appears to have been started by a candle burning in one of the rooms. The university said nobody was injured, but more than 150 students stayed elsewhere Sunday night after a fire began around 8 p.m. in one wing of Oak Hall, which opened in 2012. Local fire officials said the fire on the third story of the four-story building appears to have been caused by a candle burning in one of the rooms, and it was contained by sprinklers.

Sprinkler extinguishes apartment grease fire (Scottsdale, AZ)

A man sustained minor burns on his arm from a small grease fire in his Scottsdale apartment Sunday evening, authorities said.  The fire was extinguished by a sprinkler head in the apartment, near 70th Street in downtown Scottsdale, according to a Scottsdale Fire Department spokesman.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sprinklers contain fire in apartment with mentally and physically challenged residents (Knoxville, TN)

The Knoxville Fire Department says the blaze started around 2 a.m. at the Parkridge Harbor Apartments. When crews arrived, smoke was found coming from a burning mattress in a common area laundry room on the second floor of the building.  According to officials, an automatic sprinkler had activated, keeping the fire at a minimum.

Fire at food market controlled with help from sprinkler system (San Jose, CA)

The two-alarm fire started just after 11 p.m. at the Senter Foods market in South San Jose, and firefighters brought the blaze under control shortly after midnight. There were no injuries reported, and the store was closed at the time. The sprinkler system was activated and helped control the fire. The cause is under investigation.

Kitchen fire extinguished by sprinkler system at senior apartment complex (Huntsville, TX)

A kitchen fire Friday afternoon led to the forced evacuation of at least 42 people from the National Church Residence Parkview Place senior living center in downtown Huntsville. Firefighters responded to a call in the 1100 block of Avenue N after residents reported smelling smoke.

“About 3 p.m. we got a call of the smell of smoke at the Parkview assisted-living facility,” Huntsville assistant fire chief John Hobbs said. “We arrived around 3:05 p.m. The building’s sprinkler system had already extinguished any fire. Ventilators were required, however, to ventilate the building of smoke.”

Fire at MSP international airport controlled by single sprinkler (Minneapolis, MN)

A small fire in a break room at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport set off smoke detectors and a sprinkler above Gate G-1, causing some minor disruption before operations returned to normal. "It was a small stove fire in a storage and break area," MSP spokesman Patrick Hogan said Monday. The fire was in an employee-only area, one floor above the public concourse used by passengers.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sprinkler system activates in off-campus apartment building fire (East Lansing, MI)

No one was hurt but a dozen apartment units were damaged by the fire Sunday evening at the Landings at Chandler Crossings apartment complex, located off campus from Michigan State University.  East Lansing Fire Marshal Gerald Rodabaugh said the fire remains under investigation.  An alarm system in the building was triggered and caused occupants to flee the building. Firefighters evacuated others. A sprinkler system in the building also was activated, officials said.  No one was injured.

Sprinkler system helps control fire at Cargill Grain Mill (Ogden, UT)

A fire broke out Thursday afternoon at the top of the Cargill Grain Mill near G Avenue and 27th Street. Seven emergency vehicles responded to the scene at about 4:20 p.m. after smoke was initially seen near the top of the structure. A fire had broken out on the ninth floor, a flour processing area, the Ogden Fire Department reported. All employees were evacuated from the mill with no injuries. A sprinkler system was activated as crews from the Ogden and Roy fire departments worked on the blaze. The cause of the fire is still being determined by investigators.

Sprinklers keep fire from spreading in apartment - no injuries (Olympia, WA)

No one was injured in an Olympia apartment fire Wednesday afternoon, according to the Olympia Fire Department.  Firefighters responded to a fire at the Woodland Park Apartments, located on the 800 block of Yauger Way SW, at about 3:30 p.m. The fire started in a kitchen, but hadn’t spread thanks to the building’s sprinkler system, according to Deputy Chief Gary Wright. The fire was extinguished quickly, and smoke and water damage were limited to the one apartment, Wright said. The fire likely started when food in the oven or on the stove was left unattended.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fire controlled by sprinkler system at Hotel Breakers in Cedar Point Amusement Park (Sandusky, OH)

Firefighters were called to the Cedar Point hotel around 12:45 p.m. when a fire broke out on the tenth floor, Sandusky fire Chief Dave Degnan said. The building's sprinkler system was able to contain the blaze until crews arrived and extinguished it completely, Degnan said. There is no visible damage on the hotel's exterior, but it remains to be seen how much was damaged inside. Degnan is at the scene, but was still unsure if the fire broke out in a linen closet or in an individual hotel room.

Sprinkler system contains fire to one room at senior apartment complex (Saskatoon, SK)

A kitchen fire prompted the evacuation of a seniors apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.  The Saskatoon Fire Department was called to the apartment building at 2315 20th Street West just after 1:30 p.m.  Crews found smoke on the fourth floor of the building before locating the fire in a single suite. The building’s sprinkler system was able to contain the blaze to one room, the fire department said in a media release.  The blaze started during a tenant move. A plastic container left on a stove caught fire after a stove element was accidentally turned on.  Damage is estimated at $40,000. No one was injured during the incident.