Greenwood, IN – Sprinkler system prevents apartment balcony fire from spreading

The fire began on a third-story balcony of Copper Chase at Stones Crossing Apartments about 5:55 p.m. A mother and child were displaced and the building had about $50,000 in damage, White River Fire Chief Jeremy Pell said.  Pell credited a sprinkler on the balcony with preventing the fire from becoming far worse. Firefighters were able to use fire extinguishers to handle the remainder of the fire when they arrived at the apartment complex, he said.

“Without the sprinkler system this would have been much worse,” Pell said. “It made the difference between displacing one family versus potentially the whole building.” The three-story apartment building has 24 units. While they know where the fire began, investigators are still working to determine how it started, he said.  The displaced family has received assistance from the Red Cross, Pell said.  Bargersville and Greenwood firefighters assisted, he said.

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