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Santa Rosa, CA – Sprinkler system activated for fire in 14-story apartment building

An elderly woman and a small dog were rescued from a fire that broke out in a Santa Rosa high-rise apartment complex on Sunday morning, announced the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

The fire department first received reports of a fire via a water flow alarm in a 14-story apartment building on 801 Tupper St shortly after 4 a.m.

Firefighters responded to apartment 303 in the building and found that a sprinkler system activated and extinguished a fire from the kitchen. Firefighters found a woman on the ground of the living room floor and brought her to the first floor lobby. A small dog was also found in the apartment.

The woman was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Fire officials deemed the apartment uninhabitable because of severe water and fire damage. Water damage also affected seven other apartments in the building, said firefighters.

Des Peres, MO – Sprinkler system contains laundry room fire at nursing facility; No injuries reported

Firefighters responded to an overnight fire at a nursing home in Des Peres.

The call came in around 1:35 a.m. for a fire at a nursing facility at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility at 13460 Manchester Road. Firefighters say the fire was in the laundry room. Alarms notified the staff, and the sprinkler system kept the fire contained until crews arrived.

No injuries were reported and an evacuation was not necessary as the fire was contained to the laundry room.

Chambersburg, PA – Sprinkler system activated for fire at rehabilitation and wellness center; No injuries reported

Many residents of the Laurel Lakes Rehabilitation and Wellness Center have fire crews to thank for a swift response to a blaze that caused heavy smoke in the building.

According to Franklin Fire Company, the incident happened in the building at around 12:13 a.m. on Saturday.

Due to the fast response and readiness of the team, officials say the fire was contained to a commercial dryer in a utility room, which was the root of the flames.

A firefighter with the station even captured the ordeal from his perspective on camera:

Luckily, authorities say they were able to quickly “isolate gas and electric at the dryer and shut down the sprinkler system to the affected area.”

Crews say they worked with nursing staff to make sure all residents were able to safely remain inside the building during the situation.

No one was injured in the fire.

Honolulu, HI – Fire at sixth-floor apartment unit extinguished by sprinkler system

On Saturday, April 22, the Honolulu Fire Department said they responded to a 911 call at 8:14 p.m.

The call indicated that there was a building fire at the location of the Country Club Village complex in the Moanalua area.

When fire personnel arrived on the scene at 8:18 p.m., they discovered water flowing out from a sixth-floor apartment of a 30-story building.

HPD personnel noticed that while the water was running out of the apartment, there did not seem to be fire or smoke emanating from the building.

Fire personnel made their way to the sixth-floor apartment. When they identified which apartment, they were able to gain access.

HPD confirmed that there were no occupants and proceeded to locate the fire.

However, what they found was not a fire because the sprinkler system had fully extinguished the fire prior to their arrival, according to HPD.

A portion of the fire personnel crew dispatched to cover the fire remained on the scene to secure the sprinklers and prevent more water from flowing into the apartment and the building.

Fire personnel also went the extra mile to assist with removing water from the building so that residents could return to their homes.

HPD did report that the elevator shaft became flooded due to the sprinkler system’s response to the fire, and the building was without elevator car service until the elevator company can repair the water damage and place them back into service.

HPD reported that they closed this case by 11:45 p.m.

HFD fully endorses the use of fire sprinklers to help mitigate the damages that fires can cause, and they have provided a few safety tips to help protect you and your family from a fire.

Ensure that your home has an adequate number of smoke alarms. These are essential for early warning detection of smoke related to fires. Having a warning system is the best way to increase the chances that you and your family have enough time to evacuate.

The HFD link for information on smoke alarms provides detailed information on how to maximize your smoke alarms.

The informational site also provides details on the various types of smoke alarms and the different ways to use them.

Woodbridge, IL – Sprinkler system contains kitchen fire at nursing home; No injuries reported

A sprinkler system helped keep a fire contained to a kitchen inside a Woodridge nursing home Tuesday night, authorities said.

The Lisle-Woodridge Fire District was notified of the blaze at about 9:15 p.m. after a fire alarm went off at the Cedarhurst senior living community along 75th Street. Responding firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions in the kitchen area.

Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the fire, but the cause appears accidental, Deputy Fire Chief Steve Demas said Wednesday.

The building’s sprinkler system held the fire to the kitchen. Firefighters used a hose line to extinguish the blaze within a few minutes.

“We did have smoke spread, but it could have been a significant issue for us given the age demographic” of the building’s residents, Demas said.

Officials estimate the fire caused about $100,000 in damage, Demas said.

“Installed sprinkler systems are the most effective tool in our toolbox, as it relates to community risk reduction efforts,” Fire Chief Keith Krestan said in a statement.

Due to the smoke, residents were temporarily relocated to other areas of the building. No injuries were reported.

Crews from the Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District as well as the Westmont and Downers Grove fire departments assisted Lisle-Woodridge firefighters.

Chattanooga, TN – Sprinkler system extinguishes fire at apartment complex; No injuries reported

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a reported apartment fire at the Mary Walker Towers at 2505 Market Street at 3:35PM on Saturday.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was located in the kitchen of the affected apartment and was extinguished by the sprinkler system.

Several apartment units received water damage.

The Chattanooga Housing Authority is assisting the residents affected.

Brevard, NC – Sprinkler system activated for kitchen fire at retirement community; No injuries reported

The Brevard City Fire Department said crews responded to a kitchen fire at the College Walk Retirement Community early Sunday morning.

Officials said crews responded to the scene along N. College Row shortly after Midnight.

According to officials, when crews arrived, they noticed smoke from the kitchen, so they activated the sprinkler system, which contained the flames, and helped firefighters extinguish them. Thankfully, officials reported that no injuries were reported following the incident.

The Transylvania County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

Fort Dodge, IA – Sprinkler system extinguishes fire at apartment building; No injuries reported

A sprinkler system extinguished a fire in a downtown Fort Dodge apartment building Tuesday morning. No one was injured.

A report of a fire alarm activated at Central Place Apartments, 629 Central Ave., was received at 9:17 a.m.

Police officers who were first on the scene reported smoke on the second floor of the six-story building.

Fire Department Capt. Jeff Hill said the source of the smoke was determined to be apartment 202. There, he said, three sprinkler heads activated and extinguished a fire that was burning a chair and some cushions.

Firefighters searched the apartment for people and put out a couple of hot spots. They also ventilated smoke from the apartment.

Police officers helped to evacuate residents of the other apartments. Those residents were allowed to go inside next door at Citizens Central.

Hill said the occupant of the apartment was home when the fire started, but was able to get out into the hallway.

Apartment 202 sustained smoke, fire and water damage, while the apartment below it sustained water damage.

The American Red Cross is assisting the resident of the fire-damaged apartment, Hill said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.

Emergency personnel were on the scene until 11 a.m.

Virginia Beach, VA – Sprinkler system contains fire at apartment building; No injuries reported

A fire forced residents out of a Virginia Beach apartment building on the afternoon of Sunday, April 2.

According to a spokesperson for the Virginia Beach Fire Dept., crews responded just before 2:00 p.m. Sunday to the Crescent Square Apartments on Diamond Springs Road.

Fire officials told News 3 no injuries were reported.

Fire crews said the fire is believed to be accidental and started in a kitchen.

Crews added a sprinkler system activation kept the fire contained, but power was turned off for the building as the electrical system has to be inspected by electricians.

The fire department says 72 people were temporarily displaced due to no power in the building. Residents will be able to return to the building once electrical is approved.

Additionally, the department says 20 of the units were impacted by water damage. Those who reside in the 20 water damaged units will be unable to return immediately.

Murray, UT – Sprinkler system activated for apartment fire above theater

A local playhouse, the Desert Star Playhouse, will be closed for at least two weeks following a fire in an apartment above the theater.

“The show will go on,” they said in a Facebook post.

Over the weekend, a fire occurred in an apartment directly above the theater, and due to Desert Star owner, Mike Todd, and his vigilance in keeping the fire alarms and sprinkler systems maintained, a victim of the fire was saved. Authorities also say the majority of the damage was from the sprinkler system.

The fire on March 31 was put out by crews with the Murray Fire Department. According to the Murray City Fire Chief, Joseph Mittelman, the crews could walk directly to the unit where the fire was reported.

Mittelman said when they entered the unit, the sprinkler was going off, and a person was in there. The crew began treatment of the victim as they awaited paramedics. When the paramedics arrived, they transported the victim to the hospital to treat him for smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

“The one thing we’re so appreciative of is a business owner, such as the Desert Star [owner], that is safety oriented. They had an alarm system, that was […] maintained, and also this fire sprinkler system has been maintained as well,” Mittelman said. “In this case, [the system] protected, and also saved this individual’s life.”

The apartment received both fire and water damage, and The Desert Star received flooding and water damage. According to Mittelman, fire sprinklers put out 7 gallons per minute.

The Desert Star said that due to the water damage, they are planning to re-open in two weeks, if not sooner. They said they’re currently in the process of cleaning up and readying the theater for future laughs.

“We didn’t start the fire,” Desert Star quipped. “But we’ll keep the place lit with our laughs.”

The Desert Star said that you can plan ahead for the re-opening, and purchase tickets for upcoming events on their website.

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