Successful Activations (Spring Edition 2019)

MAY 2019

A Single Fire Sprinkler Controls Laundry Room Fire at Apartment Building Keeping It From Spreading

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (May 28, 2019) –The Mount Prospect Fire Department responded to an alarm from inside a 70-unit apartment building at 701 Huntington Commons Road around 2:30 p.m. May 28th. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered that a single fire sprinkler controlled the fire that originated in a laundry room on the third floor of the four-story building. Fire crews extinguished the remaining flames.

According to Mount Prospect Fire Chief Brian Lambel the building was ventilated and nobody was displaced.

Source: Journal & Topics


Fire Sprinkler Kept Apartment Fire From Spreading

DES PLAINES, IL (May 21, 2019) – On Tuesday, May 21st fire crews from four area departments responded to a call of a fire on the top floor of a six-story apartment building on Brown Street near Laurel Avenue at 11:12 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found fire sprinklers controlled the fire.

Des Plaines Deputy Chief Pete Dyer said firefighters connected a hose to the building’s standpipe system and extinguished the fire. All residents had evacuated the building by the time firefighters arrived and no injuries were reported.

Firefighters responded from Des Plaines, Niles, Rosemont, and the North Maine Fire Protection District with fire trucks and ambulances.

Source: Journal and Topics


Fire Sprinkler Kept Fire From Spreading at Local Manufacturing Plant

QUINCY, IL (May 21, 2019) – A fire sprinkler contained a compressor fire that extended into an employee locker room at Titan International in Quincy the evening of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

The Tri Township Fire Department and the Quincy Fire Department responded to the fire at 6:00 PM and found heavy smoke upon arrival. There were no reported injuries.



Fire Sprinkler Controlled a Fire at Auto Body Shop and Saved Another Business Located in the Same Building

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL (May 20, 2019) –Crystal Lake Fire Rescue responded to a fire at Crystal Lake Auto Body on Virginia Road, May 20, 2019. Upon arrival, fire crews reported a working fire with visible smoke coming from the roof. A fire sprinkler activated and contained the fire, keeping it from spreading while firefighters used hoses to extinguish the fire on the roof.

A business that shares the building with the auto body shop posted on their Facebook post “We at AAMCO & Hankook Tire were fortunate today. The tenant in the rear of our building, Crystal Lake Auto Body, had a fire in their paint booth The Crystal Lake Fire Department was awesome. They seemed to get there right after the sprinklers went off. AAMCO had no damage in its building, and AAMCO is open for business.”

All occupants evacuated before firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at $35,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Sources: Northwest Herald, Lake and McHenry County Scanner


Fire Sprinkler Prevents Fire From Spreading at Assisted Living Facility in Peoria

PEORIA, IL (May 9, 2019) – On Thursday, May 9, 2019 an early morning fire activated a fire sprinkler in a room at the Courtyard Estates assisted-living facility on Western Avenue in Peoria. According to Tony Ardis, Assistant Fire Chief, the sprinkler kept the fire from spreading until the fire crew arrived to quickly extinguish the blaze.

The fire was contained to one room on the fourth floor of the building. One resident was taken to the hospital as a precaution to check for smoke inhalation. It was unknown whether this person was the resident of the room where the fire occurred. Firefighters also located a cat in respiratory distress in the damaged unit and were able to revive it on site. The cat was then referred to a local veterinarian for further care.

Approximately 50 of the 91 residents were evacuated while the fire crew responded to the fire. All of the residents were allowed to return to their rooms except for the unit where the fire occurred.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the fire department suspects an electrical malfunction.

Source: Peoria Journal Star


APRIL 2019

Activation of a Single Fire Sprinkler Kept a Fire From Spreading at Highland Park High School

HIGHLAND PARK, IL (April 11, 2019) – Highland Park firefighters responded to a 6:33 A.M. call at Highland Park High School at 433 Vine Avenue. According to Fire Chief Larry Amidei of the Highland Park Fire Department, the firefighters, upon arrival, saw smoke from a fire that had been controlled by the activation of a single fire sprinkler.

The fire was in a closet located near the theater area of the school. Firefighters completed extinguishing the controlled fire with a dry chemical unit. They were also able to work with school personnel to clean up water on the floor and ventilate smoke in order to be ready for the start of the school day.

The cause of the fire was from bunched up oily rags located on a shelf in the closet. They spontaneously combusted after they were used for painting the night before.

Two common misconceptions about fire sprinkler systems are that they are activated by smoke and that they all go off at once. They are actually heat activated, one sprinkler head at a time, and most fires usually require only one or two sprinklers to be extinguished. This proved to be the case with the Highland Park High School fire, demonstrating just how important fire sprinkler systems are in saving lives and limiting property damage from fire, smoke and water.

Sources: Fire Chief Larry Amidei, Highland Park Fire Department


Fire Sprinkler Controls Restaurant Kitchen Fire

LAKE ZURICH, IL – (April 1, 2019) – A single fire sprinkler controlled a flash fire in the kitchen of the Walker Brothers Original Pancake House.

The Lake Zurich Fire Department responded to an alarm and found moderate smoke. Spontaneous combustion occurred causing a flash fire in a laundry bin containing oily rags from kitchen grease. A single sprinkler activated and controlled the fire.

According to the Lake Zurich Fire Department, damage was estimated to be about $500. More than $1,000,000 in property and contents was saved. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire. The restaurant was able to open the next day.

The Lake Zurich Fire Department reminds residents to be sure they have working smoke detectors, have an escape plan and practice it, and consider installing a fire sprinkler system.

Source: Lake Zurich Fire Department


MARCH 2019

A single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in a Rock Island apartment building

Rock Island, IL (March 25, 2019) – In the late afternoon on March 25th, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in the Sala Apartments in Rock Island.

A stove fire started on the third floor of the apartment unit of the building. Heat from the fire activated the fire sprinkler putting out the flames before firefighters arrived. “The residents evacuated safely and there were no injuries. This fire was limited to a few hundred dollars instead of a multimillion-dollar loss if the fire had spread throughout the building!!” as stated on the fire department’s Facebook page.

Source: Rock Island Fire Department Facebook


Late Night Fire at Plating Company Controlled by a Single Fire Sprinkler

PALATINE, IL (March 20, 2019) – A single fire sprinkler controlled a late night fire on Wednesday, March 20th at the Arlington Plating Company at 660 S. Vermont Street.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke from the fire and water from an activated fire sprinkler. The fire was contained to the area of origin.

An employee was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights for nonlife-threatening injuries. Estimated fire loss for the building and contents is $10,000. The cause of the fire us undetermined.

Sources: Daily Herald and the Village of Palatine Fire Prevention


Fire Sprinkler Extinguished a Fire in a Bedroom of Condominium

PALATINE, IL (March 14, 2019) – A fire sprinkler prevented a fire from becoming deadly in a condominium bedroom. The Palatine Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in a fifth-floor unit. Upon arrival firefighters found smoke and water in the hallway. Upon entry, firefighters found the fire was extinguished by the fire sprinkler. Damage was limited to the master bedroom, closet, and bathroom.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. There were no injuries.

According to a Palatine Fire Department press release, “Automatic fire sprinklers are highly effective and reliable elements of a total fire protection system. When fire sprinklers are present, fires were kept to the room of origin 97 percent of the time (U.S. Experience with Sprinklers, NFPA report, 2017). This fire is an excellent example of automatic fire sprinkler effectiveness.”

Source: Palatine Fire Department


A fire sprinkler contained a grease fire in apartment unit kitchen

ROCKFORD, IL – (March 12, 2019) – A fire sprinkler contained a cooking grease fire in an apartment unit at a Rockford apartment building early morning on Tuesday, March 12th.

The Rockford Fire Department responded to a call of a grease fire in the kitchen. A pan caught on fire spreading flames toward the lower part of a cabinet. The tenant attempted to put out the fire, but then quickly ran to the door with children she was watching. Upon arrival, the fire crew found the woman at the door. Firefighters saw that a fire sprinkler activated and contained the fire. Fire crews put out the remaining flame.

Paramedics treated the tenant for a minor burn on her arm from moving the pan. There were no other injuries and everyone expected to be OK. Damage loss estimate is $25,000.

Sources: and Sprinkler saves


Fire Sprinkler Extinguished Fire In Lake Zurich Townhome

LAKE ZURICH, IL (March 6, 2019) – A single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire on the upper floor of a three-story townhome in Lake Zurich.  Bob Kleinheinz, Fire Prevention Specialist with the Lake Zurich Fire Department said, “We had a save last night, I was first in, fire was completely out.”

According to a release from the Lake Zurich Fire Department, the first units arrived on the scene within four minutes of receiving the call to find the fire extinguished by the sprinkler. There was an preliminary damage estimate of $25,000 with an estimated $350,000 in property and contents was saved.  There were no reports of firefighter injuries and one occupant was transported to a local hospital in stable condition with burns.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

In September 2009, Lake Zurich passed an NFPA 13D ordinance requiring home fire sprinklers in all new construction single-family and townhomes. More than 110 Illinois towns and fire districts require fire sprinklers in all new construction.

Source:  Lake Zurich Fire Department


Kitchen Fire Extinguished by Single Fire Sprinkler in High-Rise Building

SCHAUMBURG, IL – (March 4, 2019) – A single fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in a residential high-rise building on Valley Lake Drive. During the evening of March 4, the Schaumburg Fire Department responded to a general fire alarm. Upon arrival, firefighters found the fire was extinguished by the fire sprinkler. The cause of the fire was from cooking.

This residential high-rise occupancy was required to install fire sprinklers as part of Schaumburg’s high-rise retrofit ordinance.  The fire department kept the sprinkler system isolated on the floor limiting fire damage to approximately $6,000.

Source: Village of Schaumburg Fire Marshal

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