Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sprinklers control fire at drug treatment facility until firefighters arrive (Yakima, WA)

A man suspected of setting a fire in the bathroom of a drug treatment facility has been arrested, according to Yakima police. The man, who was not identified, was arrested Friday morning in connection with the Oct. 28 fire at Connections Treatment Center. Police say a fire set in the bathroom of an apartment unit on the first floor was contained by an automatic sprinkler system until fire crews could arrive and extinguish it. Damage was described as minimal and the facility’s more than 40 occupants evacuated without injury.

Sprinkler system possibly saved resident's life in apartment fire, according to fire department (Mankato, MN)

Firefighters reported a sprinkler system in the complex in the 100 block of Glenwood Avenue possibly saved a resident's life and greatly reduced damage to the apartment, said Don Lehne of the Mankato Department of Public Safety. Two sprinklers kept the fire from spreading to other apartments.

Sprinklers control fire, limit damage in fire at multi-use complex (Pawtucket, RI)

A small fire in a third-floor space of the Hope Artiste Village complex was put out by firefighters Wednesday night. Battalion Chief Joseph Murray said that the fire started on a wood floor that was being renovated, triggering the sprinkler system. Murray said the sprinklers contained the fire to about a 15-foot section of floor. The floor was unoccupied and there were no injuries, said Murray. The complex houses shops, workshop studio apartments and other businesses in a 19th-century mill complex.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Another nursing home fire put out by sprinkler system, no one injured (Louisville, KY)

A fire at a nursing home, called Christian Health Center West, led to the evacuation of residents on Monday. Officials said the fire started in the attic, but was located above the kitchen and cafeteria area. They evacuated 84 of the nursing homes residents. No one suffered from any smoke inhalation and the fire did not damage anyone's room. The sprinkler system did leave water damage and it's unclear whether some of the residents will be able to stay in their rooms Monday night. At this point, the fire department says it looks like an electrical fire but arson is still being investigated.

Apartment balcony fire extinguished by sprinklers (Columbus, IN)

A second-floor balcony at Riverstone Apartments was damaged after discarded smoking materials in a plastic container ignited a wooden flower box, Columbus firefighters said. The fire was reported at about 5 p.m., fire investigator Matt Noblitt said. The apartment's sprinkler system immediately kicked on, dousing the fire and preventing damage, Noblitt said. The fire was out when firefighters arrived.

Sprinklers suppress fire at critical care facility for the elderly and disabled (Toms River, NJ)

A sprinkler system suppressed a fire at Dover Woods Health Care Center Monday night, according to officials. No injuries were reported, according to a Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention statement.  Dover Woods, which has 232 rooms, is home to elderly and disabled residents, people recovering from alcohol and drug addictions, homeless people, and patients discharged from state psychiatric facilities.  Fire sprinklers were installed in the building after its use was changed from residential to institutional, following the 2005 fatal fire, according to the Toms River statement.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fire at coffee shop doused by sprinklers, store expected to re-open tomorrow (Rochester, NY)

Firefighters were called to Spot Coffee, at the intersection of East Avenue and Matthews Street, around 10:15 p.m. At the scene, crews found some boxes in a storeroom had caught fire, but the sprinkler system had knocked down the flames. Workers, customers and some residents evacuated the building. No one was injured and the restaurant should be able to re-open tomorrow.

Suspected arson fire at Benihana Japanese Steakhouse controlled with help from sprinkler system (Short Hills, NJ)

A 19-year-old township resident has been arrested in connection with a suspicious fire that occurred last week at the restaurant he worked at on Morris Turnpike, authorities said.  Firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the restaurant at about 9:30 p.m., authorities said. The patrons had evacuated the building of their own accord and firefighters noticed a moderate amount of smoke in the dining area, according to an incident report. The majority of the fire was contained by a sprinkler, and firefighters extinguished the remaining portion, the report says. No injuries were reported.

Radisson hotel fire put out by automatic sprinkler system (Covington, KY)

At 6:38 a.m. guests at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel in Covington get a terrifying wake-up call.
"The linnen room on the 17th floor was on fire."  The hotel was quickly evacuated. Fire fighters say the building's sprinkler system snuffed out flames and prevented it from spreading. Smoke and water damage was minimal.