No flames, no fire, no news: what happens when sprinklers in an apartment project put out the fire

This home fire with a sprinkler system didn't work out as well as other fires which were controlled by sprinkler systems. Photo by Bryans Road VFD.

This home fire with a sprinkler system didn’t work out as well as other fires which were controlled by sprinkler systems. Photo by Bryans Road VFD.

FIRE SPRINKLER ACTIVATION

EXTINGUISHES FIRE IN RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX

CECIL COUNTY, MD (June 24, 2014) – Deputy State Fire Marshals responded to the Fairgreen Senior Community at 100 Greenway in Perryville for a reported kitchen fire inside the 4-story structure.

An automatic alarm was activated at 6:46 p.m. when one fire sprinkler activated and extinguished the fire on the stove in apartment 402 with minimal fire damage. Ninety of the ninety-two apartments were occupied at the time of the incident.

All occupants were evacuated due to the fire protection system being disabled as result of the fire. Thirty-five of the occupants were transported to a temporary shelter located at the Perryville High School. The remainder of the occupants were assisted by family and friends.

The building will remain unoccupied temporarily while maintenance personnel clean-up from the incident and make necessary repairs to the fire sprinkler system. Damages were limited to an estimated $10,000 and no injuries were reported during the incident.

State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci stated, “Residential fire sprinklers are proven to save lives, prevent injuries and protect property and valuables. This is yet another example of how the presence of an automatic fire sprinkler system protected occupants and prevented substantial fire damage to residential property.”

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