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Sprinkler Activations (Spring 2018 Edition)

APRIL 2018

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


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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