Racine, WI – Sprinkler system activated for furniture fire near apartment building; No injuries reported

Burning discarded furniture outside McMynn Tower Apartments, 110 Seventh St., filled the building with smoke late Friday evening. No one was injured.

The Racine Fire Department (RFD) responded shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday to a report of a fire at the building’s north exit. Firefighters quickly extinguished the burning materials.

Smoke and heat from the burning furniture entered a stairwell to the 11-story, 124-unit building but a fire sprinkler head and an alarm system protected the building’s occupants. The fire was under control within about 20 minutes. Firefighters used positive pressure ventilation fans to remove smoke from the building.

The fire caused an estimated $40,000 damage to the structure and $3,000 to contents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Racine Police Department at 262-886-2300.