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Sprinkler Activations (Spring 2018 Edition)

MAY 2018

Gas grill leads to a residential townhome fire

LAKE ZURICH, IL (May 27, 2018) – A weekend fire at a townhome in Lake Zurich began when an unattended propane-powered grill ignited the exterior siding of the building. The Lake Zurich Fire Department reports that the grill was located on a balcony of the unit, and when heat from the fire caused the patio glass door to crack, a sprinkler head in the kitchen was activated which kept the flames from spreading past the door. No injuries were reported.

Source: Lake County News-Sun

 

Fire at an optical components factory in Evanston

EVANSTON, IL (May 25, 2018) – An afternoon factory fire in Evanston broke out close to the roof of a 16,000 square foot facility. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and moderate fire conditions on the second floor of the building. Evanston Fire Division Chief Paul Polep reports that fire sprinklers held the fire in check, and that the fire was extinguished within a half hour. All workers were able to evacuate safely, and no firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Source: EvanstonNow.com

 

 Lunch hour fire at a Subway restaurant

EVANSTON, IL (May 19, 2018) – A lunch hour fire that resulted in heavy smoke billowing from the front of a Subway brought firefighters to the scene on Saturday afternoon. The Evanston Fire Department arrived at the restaurant, located in a strip mall, to find that an activated sprinkler system had kept the fire in check, allowing all customers and employees to exit safely. The fire department credits the sprinkler system with saving the restaurant and other businesses in the complex. No injuries were reported.

Source: Chicago Sun Times

 

Man rescued from second floor balcony

ROCKFORD, IL (May 6, 2018) – A mid-day weekend fire forced a resident at a two-floor apartment building, Riverside Apartments, out onto his balcony to escape the smoke. Firefighters arrived to find the second-floor sprinkler system had been activated, and safely rescued the man. No injuries were reported, and damage was estimated at $10.000.

Source: MyStateline.com

 

Freezer fire at a commercial building in Countryside

COUNTRYSIDE, IL (May 3, 2018) – Crews responding to an activated fire alarm at a commercial building found that the fire sprinkler waterflow alarm was also sounding. Inspection revealed that an activated sprinkler had already extinguished a fire inside a freezer unit at the location. No injuries were reported, and there was no major damage to the facility.

Source: Countryside Fire Department

 

Garbage facility fire possibly caused by dry weather conditions

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (May 1, 2018) – Dry weather was the likely a contributing cause behind a garbage fire at the Republic Garbage Transfer Station late on Tuesday, May 1. Fire Chief Brian Lambel says that firefighters observed heavy fire and smoke coming from the building, and found that the facilities sprinkler system had been activated. Despite wind gusts from 20-30 mph, the fire was extinguished within 20 minutes of the fire department’s arrival. No injuries were reported, and damage was estimated at $10,000.

Source: Journal & Topics

 

APRIL 2018

Fire at Clinton Junior High School

CLINTON, IL (April 30, 2018) – The Clinton Fire Department responded to an alarm at Clinton Junior High School at 9pm on a Monday evening. There was a small fire in the kitchen of the school, which had activated the sprinkler system, preventing spread of the fire. School staff were able to complete the clean up, and no injuries were reported.

Source: WANDTV.com

 

Dorm fire at University of Illinois

URBANA, IL (April 30, 2018) – An early afternoon fire that started in the computer media room of Oglesby Hall, a residence hall at the University of Illinois, forced the evacuation of dozens of students on Monday. Sprinklers were activated, and after a resulting concern about the building’s electrical system was resolved, students were allowed to return to the building less than an hour later. No injuries were reported.

Source: Daily Herald

 

Employees and customers escape blaze at Old Navy store

ORLAND PARK, IL (April 29, 2018) – More than 30 people were inside an Old Navy Store in Orland Park when a fire broke out, leading employees to take the lead in getting everyone out of the store safely. Orland Fire Protection District dispatched all of its units to the incident, and five neighboring towns also responded. Chief Michael Schofield of the Orland Fire Protection District credited the store’s sprinkler system with stopping the fire from spreading inside the large retail space. No injuries were reported.

Source: Daily Herald

 

School fire extinguished by fire sprinklers

TINLEY PARK, IL (April, 2018) – A fire that began in a closet that housed a pottery kiln at the Tinley Park campus of Southwest Chicago Christian School was reported in April. The fire, in a school with 291 students ranging from pre-k through 8th grade, was controlled and extinguished by fire sprinklers.

Source: Fire Sprinkler Contractor

 

Fire inside a paint booth at an industrial coatings facility

PEORIA, IL (April 18, 2018) – Sprinkler systems inside Summit Product Support, Inc. put out a fire that originated inside at paint booth at the company, which specialized in machine repair and industrial coatings. The Peoria Fire Department reports that the fire was extinguished by the sprinklers just before their arrival on scene. No injuries were reported, and property damage was reported at $8,000. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Source: CentralIllinoisProud.com

 

Decatur FD gets a fire sprinkler assist on back-to-back blazes

DECATUR, IL (April 17, 2018) – The Decatur Fire Department was called to the scene of a laundry room dryer fire at a former fire station that had been converted into a business and apartment. While responding to this incident, firefighters were also called to a fire that started in a kitchen at the Primrose Retirement Community. They arrived at the second incident to find that the fire had already been extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. Only minimal damage resulted, and no injuries were reported.

Source: Herald & Review

 

Kitchen fire originates on a stovetop inside apartment building

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL (April 14, 2018) – Fire that originated on a stovetop inside a second floor kitchen of an apartment building activated fire sprinklers inside that unit. Elk Grove Village Fire Chief Richard Mikel said that the sprinkler system extinguished the fire immediately. Although the apartment unit suffered smoke and water damage, and the unit below also suffered water damage, no injuries were reported.

Source: Journal & Topics

 

Smoke alarms alert multiple occupants to danger in a townhome fire

PLAINFIELD, IL (April 14, 2018) – An early morning blaze inside a townhome in Plainfield activated smoke alarms that allowed eight occupants to escape without injury. The fire, which caused considerable damage to the unit where it originated, also caused smoke damage to a neighboring unit. The unit is uninhabitable and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Lockport, Minooka, Oswego and Troy Fire Departments assisted Plainfield with the call; while Bolingbrook, Channahon and Naperville provided station coverage during the incident.

Source: Mary Ludemann, Fire Inspector, Plainfield Fire Protection District

 

Fire sprinkler prevents interior damage at apartment building fire

CHAMPAIGN, IL (April 12, 2018) – Fire on an exterior deck at an apartment building activated a fire sprinkler in Champaign, after a fire of unknown origin ignited while occupants slept inside. Champaign Fire Department Battalion Chief Tyler Funk said the sprinkler mostly contained the blaze, and no injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished before any smoke or fire damage occurred to the interior of the building.

Source: The News-Gazette

 

Stovetop fire in multi-family building contained by single fire sprinkler

ROUND LAKE, IL (April, 2018) – A fire that began on a stovetop in a 3rd floor unit of a multi-family residential building was contained by a single sprinkler head in Round Lake. The unit was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded to the incident.

Source: Advanced Fire Protection & Safety, Inc.

 

Fire at chemical supply company successfully contained

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL (April 6, 2018) – A fire at the Rita Corporation in Crystal Lake was contained to one office and its contents when the building’s sprinkler system controlled the potential spread of flames. Firefighters from five departments responded to find heavy smoke, and extinguished the blaze. The fire’s cause is under investigation. There were no reports of injuries.

Source: Northwest Herald

 

Five hour battle against blaze at a commercial building

EDWARDSVILLE, IL (April 4, 2018) – A direct alarm call, triggered automatically when fire sprinklers were activated, brought the Edwardsville Fire Department to the scene of the D.B. Schanker Redistribution Center. They discovered several pallets of flammable products on fire inside the building. Fire Chief Rick Welle said that little to no damage was done to the building’s structure. The affected area was quarantined, ensuring the products stored in the rest of the building were not damaged by fire, smoke or water.

Source: Riverbender.com

 

Fire sprinklers credited with saving $350,000 in revenue

PLAINFIELD, IL (April 3, 2018) – The Plainfield Fire Protection District responded to an alarm at the Merlin Muffler Shop, where fireworks ignited a fire inside a restroom. One fire sprinkler activated and extinguished the fire. The activation prevented extensive damage, allowing the business to remain open and to save an estimated $350,000 that would have been lost if they had to close for the day. Fire Marshal Mary Kay Ludemann said, “The fire sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading and causing extensive damage to the building and its contents as well as preventing anyone from getting injured by the fire.”

Source: Plainfield Fire Department

 

Sprinkler system helps control blaze ignited by a battery

MORRIS, IL (April 2, 2018) – A fire at First America Metal originated in an area where the facility stores the crushed remains of electronics before being recycled. Morris Deputy Chief Bob Wills said it is suspected that the fire started when a battery got into one of the stored boxes and ignited. Smoke filled the building, but the fire was contained. “The sprinkler system did exactly what it was supposed to,” Wills said.
No injuries were reported, and the business reopened the following day.

Source: Morris Herald-News

 

MARCH 2018

Fire sprinklers contain commercial laundry fire

WHEELING, IL (March 25, 2018) – A fire that began inside a large, industrial clothes dryer was reported at Crothall Laundry in Wheeling. The dryer is roughly the size of a semi trailer, and dries hospital linens by the ton. The building’s fire sprinkler system kept the fire under control, and fire department personnel were able to fully extinguish the fire in fifteen minutes. Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac said there were no injuries sustained, no damage to the building and minimal damage to equipment at the business.

Source: Journal & Topics

 

Kitchen fire at fast food restaurant extinguished by fire sprinkler

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (March 21, 2018) – An early morning garbage fire at a Culvers in Mount Prospect was contained by the building’s sprinkler system. Battalion Chief Dane Phenegar of the Mount Prospect Fire Department says there were no injuries and no structural damage was believed to have occurred.

Source: Daily Herald

 

Hotel highrise fire extinguished by fire sprinkler

CHICAGO, IL (March 17, 2018) – A small fire that began in a 27th floor dryer at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (high rise) in Chicago was reported by sprinkler contractor F.E. Moran, Inc. Fire Protection. A sprinkler activated and extinguished the fire in the room before the fire department arrived. No injuries were reported.

Source: F.E. Moran, Inc. Fire Protection

 

Kitchen fire at fast food restaurant extinguished by fire sprinkler

GURNEE MILLS, IL (March 17, 2018) – A fire resulting from a flash on a stove inside the kitchen of a Gurnee Mills Burger King was extinguished by a single sprinkler head. Battalion Chief Bob Heraver said that the fire was put out by the time the fire department arrived. Firefighters helped clean up the kitchen before turning it over to the Lake County Health Department for health and safety checks. No injuries were reported.

Source: Daily Herald

 

Fire Contained by Sprinklers at Wheeling Senior Housing Facility

WHEELING, IL (March 1, 2018) – A fire at Addolorata Villa Senior Living Community on March 1, 2018 activated two sprinklers in a third-floor apartment of the four-story facility that houses over 100 residents, and is connected to four other buildings on the grounds. The fire, in the bedroom of the unit, was being extinguished by the sprinklers when Wheeling firefighters arrived. One resident was hospitalized overnight with non-life threatening injuries, and one firefighter was hospitalized for observation of medical issues. The cause of the fire is being investigated, but is not suspicious. Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac said in a news release that if not for the sprinkler system, it is likely the fire would have caused fatalities.

Source: www.dailyherald.com/news

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