Alice firefighters and Alice police responded to a fire at a business near the intersection of San Diego and South Reynolds Tuesday night.
Firefighters responding to the fire alarm noticed smoke filling the downtown streets. They were able to located the fire inside the dry cleaning business.
Alice FIre Chief Patrick Thomas said the sprinkler system inside the business activated and kept the fire small until firefighters were able to access the business and extinguish the fire.
“The fire could’ve been worse for the business and for the downtown businesses in the area, but we’re thankful that the sprinkler system activated,” Thomas said.
Firefighters have not found a cause to the fire, but do not believe it was intentional.
“We’re thankful that in happened when the business was closed and no one was around, so no one got hurt,” Thomas said.
On Feb. 13, Eden Prairie firefighters responded to a small fire which was contained by the building’s sprinklers before the firefighters arrived, the assistant chief told Eden Prairie News.
Two fire trucks went to 6205 Dell Road at 8:12 p.m. in response to a water flow alarm after sprinklers went off in Best Cleaners, assistant chief Kurt Buchanan said. A bin of laundry had caught fire, but nothing else in the building burned and the responders’ main tasks were to ensure the bin was extinguished and clear the building of smoke and burnt materials, he said.
“It’s a good story, that sprinklers make a difference,” Buchanan said. “They’re designed to keep fires at bay.”
The fire department contacted Best Cleaners and the owner of the strip mall, which also houses Venice Nails and a Holiday gas station, Buchanan said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Buchanan said.
A fire that started earlier in the day caused thousands of dollars in damage and temporarily closed Buckeye Linen Services.
The fire was reported around 11:10 p.m. Thursday. Crews remained on scene until about 1:45 a.m. Friday.
Newark Fire Chief Pat Connor said the fire started in a dryer duct, spread to the attic and ultimately to the roof of the building on Jefferson Street.
The building had a sprinkler system that activated and helped to extinguish much of the blaze.
Connor said there appears to have been a fire earlier in the day at the facility that crews at the building believed they had put out with fire extinguishers. However, that fire was not extinguished fully and likely caused the fire in the evening, he said.
There was significant damage to a portion of the building to the point where a structural engineer was called in to make sure the building was safe to occupy.