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Kearney, NE – Sprinkler system activated for fire at manufacturing facility

Fire crews responded to a fire at Eaton in Kearney Wednesday evening.

According to the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), they found heavy black smoke when they arrived at Eaton Corporation at 4200 East Highway 30. The smoke was coming from the roof and exterior doors of the west side of facility. Employees were evacuating when fire crews arrived.

One crew found the fire and extinguished it while another gained access to the roof to ensure the fire had not extended to the roof.

Fire command verified with Eaton’s management that all employees were accounted for and had been evacuated.

Power was shut down in the impacted area along with the sprinkler system which was activated by the fire.

Two Eaton’s employees were evaluated by Good Samaritan EMS for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The fire origin and cause are still under investigation, but the original investigation showed that the fire started in a seat grinder and spread to a mist collector. The fire was mostly contained to the area of these two machines, according to KVFD.

High Point, NC – Sprinkler system activated for fire at factory; No injuries reported

A fire damaged part of the Akzo Nobel factory in the southern part of the city Tuesday morning and forced a temporary evacuation of the complex, which produces specialized paints and coatings.

The fire started around 6:30 a.m. at the factory in the 1400 block of Progress Avenue.

Employees in the building where the fire was immediately evacuated, and the building remains shut down until further notice, Akzo Nobel said in a statement to The High Point Enterprise.

Firefighters saw flames coming from part of one building when they arrived, Deputy Fire Chief Brian Evans of the High Point Fire Department said. The fire started in a vat in a production area. A sprinkler system activated and kept the fire from spreading further, he said.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control in eight minutes, and no one was injured.

Three buildings were initially evacuated while firefighters brought the blaze under control, Evans said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but it is being ruled an accident, he said.

A dollar estimate of the damage wasn’t available Tuesday.

Fifteen units and 33 firefighters went to the fire scene.

Lethbridge, AB, Canada – Sprinkler system extinguishes fire at processing plant

​At approximately 9:25 p.m. Saturday, January 14, five stations responded to 2200 block of 31 Street North after reports of a fire in a commercial processing plant. 

On arrival, crews found staff had exited the building and reported that the fire inside had been extinguished by the sprinkler system and staff. 

Two crews remained on scene to assist with smoke evacuation and sprinkler shut down.

The fire is under investigation and there is no estimate of damage at this time.

Sun Valley, CA – Sprinkler system activated for container fire; No injuries reported

Firefighters in Sun Valley Sunday knocked down a small fire within a container at a metal plating facility, which was held in check by the structure’s fire sprinkler system, authorities said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 6:59 a.m. to 9939 N. Glenoaks Blvd., where they used a hand-held fire extinguisher to douse the flames, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

It was not immediately clear what was inside the container.

No injuries were reported.

“Per protocol, an LAFD Hazardous Materials team has been summoned to assist with a detailed site assessment,” Humphrey said.

Plymouth, MI – (no media coverage) Sprinkler system activated for fire in exhaust fan motor; No injuries reported

The fire was called in at approximately 02:30 AM on 9/11/22 as a water flow alarm and NCFD responded.

NCFD was able to get the fire under control and quickly put it out due to the building’s sprinkler system keeping the fire in check until firefighters got there.

There were no injuries reported and the reason for the fire was from a restroom ceiling exhaust fan motor.

Eau Claire, WI – Sprinkler system extinguishes fire inside building; No injuries reported

No one is hurt after a fire Thursday morning at Banbury Place in Eau Claire.

The fire, which happened at 6:55 a.m. in Building 13, was put out by the building’s sprinkler system before crews arrived, according to Eau Claire Fire & Rescue.

Battalion Chief Brian Toonen said the sprinkler system worked as intended, and there were no injuries to report. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, Toonen said. In a release from the department, damages to the building and its contents are estimated at $12,000.

The fire happened on the second floor of Building 13, which is home to several different businesses. “Sometimes all the work we do for fire prevention really pays off!” the department wrote in a Facebook post.

Milford, MI – Sprinkler system activated for vehicle fire at GM; No injuries reported

A fire occurred inside an engineering lab at the GM Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan over the weekend.

General Motors is now investigating the cause of the fire. According to a report from Detroit Free Press, which cites a statement by Brighton Area Fire Authority Chief Mike O’Brian, the fire started on Sunday around 6:30 a.m. local time.

GM’s fire brigade was the first to notice smoke coming from the building and called 911. Brighton and Milford firefighters responded and were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. According to O’Brian, the fire was largely extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

“It was a vehicle that started the fire,” O’Brian said. “How it started? We don’t know that. That’s under investigation. There were no injuries. There was smoke throughout the structure and we worked with GM to get the smoke evacuated.”

Employees are expected to return to work at the lab later this week.

According to GM spokeswoman Maria Raynal, the fire was related to the “12V system” on a “development vehicle.” However, although the automaker declined to specify whether the development vehicle in question was all-electric or an internal combustion engine, Fire Chief O’Brian did recently make a statement to WWJ Newsradio 950 outlining the hazards of EV development, saying “You’re gonna see a lot more events that when there’s a fire involving an electrified vehicle or an energy stored system. You’re going to see a lot more protection of the exposures in allowing the fire event to burn itself out or to consume itself.”

The GM Milford Proving Ground first opened in 1924 as the industry’s first dedicated automobile test facility, and now includes 4,800 staff and 142 buildings, as well as 132 miles of test roads.

Recently, General Motors was faced with a lawsuit levied against the automaker by Milford residents accusing GM of contaminating the local drinking water.

Normal, IL – Sprinkler system activated for vehicle fire; No injuries reported

A Rivian vehicle was on fire inside the building late Friday night.

The Normal Fire Department responded just after 9 p.m. while the building fire alarm was sounding and workers were being evacuated.

Firefighters found the vehicle on fire on a vehicle lift, while the sprinkler system was flowing water and suppressing the fire. The fire was contained in the single-vehicle and there was no smoke damage to the building.

“The sprinkler system did exactly what it was supposed to do – Put water on the fire quickly and prevent it from spreading until the fire department arrived to finish the job,” said Public Information Officer, Matt Swaney. “Most importantly, the damage was limited to just the one vehicle, and everyone was able to get out of the building safely.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Round Lake, IL – Sprinkler system activated for fire at industrial building; No injuries reported

A second-alarm fire early Tuesday morning at an industrial building in Round Lake took firefighters about two hours to extinguish and caused over $150,000 in damage.

The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded at 12:29 a.m. Tuesday to Northern Insulation, Inc., 702 Magna Drive in Round Lake, for an automatic fire alarm activation.

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Anthony Carraro said that emergency crews arrived and found smoke coming from the building.

The automatic sprinkler system was also activated, indicating a working structure fire, Carraro said.

Northern Insulation, Inc. specializes in insulating various types of construction for residential and commercial buildings, according to their website.

The call was upgraded and firefighters from the Round Lake, Fox Lake, Grayslake and Wauconda fire departments responded.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was then activated to the second alarm level, bringing an additional 13 fire departments to the scene, Carraro said.

Firefighters deployed multiple hose lines to extinguish the fire. Seven sprinkler heads helped to keep the fire under control.

Carraro said the fire involved industrial chemicals stored inside a box truck in the building.

Firefighters also utilized a propeller-driven airboat to help ventilate the building of smoke.

The fire was declared under control around 2 a.m. and fire crews stayed on scene until 5:30 a.m.

The business was closed and unoccupied at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported, Carraro said.

Carraro credited the business’s sprinkler and fire alarm systems which kept the fire under control until firefighters could extinguish it.

Damage is estimated at over $150,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A total of eight fire engines, three ladder trucks, four ambulances, six command officers and four fire investigators responded to the scene, Carraro added.

The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District was assisted by the Fox Lake, Grayslake, Wauconda, Countryside, Gurnee, Spring Grove, Mundelein, Newport Township, Lake Villa, Salem, Libertyville, Richmond and Antioch fire departments.

Bowling Green, KY – Sprinkler system activated for fire at metal forming business

Around 8:30 this morning, fire crews were called to Magna Bowling Green Metalforming after a scrubber caught fire in the middle of the building. Employees were evacuated safely during the fire. The Bowling Green Fire Department says the plant’s sprinkler system helped to keep the fire under control until crews arrived and put it out completely. Fortunately there were no injuries.