Kiawah Island, SC – Hotel kitchen fire contained by fire sprinklers; No injuries reported

Firefighters are crediting a fire sprinkler for containing a fire in a hotel room that could’ve turned out much worse.

According to the St. Johns Fire District, they responded to a possible structure fire at 300 Farm Lake View, at the Andell Inn Hotel.

The fire alarm came from a third-floor hotel room, officials said.

Upon arriving, the fire sprinkler was going off and containing the fire to the kitchen area. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames.

According to the St. Johns Fire District, they responded to a possible structure fire at 300 Farm Lake View, at the Andell Inn Hotel.

The fire alarm came from a third-floor hotel room, officials said.

Upon arriving, the fire sprinkler was going off and containing the fire to the kitchen area. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames.

“Without the fire sprinkler system, we would have had a substantial fire event and possible injuries to hotel occupants,” said Fire Chief Colleen Walz. “The fire sprinkler system was part of the critical life safety components of this building. In this case, a single fire sprinkler head operated and controlled the fire event until the fire department could arrive and mitigate any remaining hazards. Management is working to repair water damage and restore minimal smoke and fire damage.”

After reviewing the scene, fire investigators said the fire started near a microwave. The cause is still under investigation

Two firefighters were transported to a local hospital for possible dehydration and heat exhaustion. No other injuries were reported.

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