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Manchester, CT – Sprinkler system activated for fire at restaurant; No injuries reported

A Manchester restaurant will be closed for repairs after a fire broke out early Saturday morning.

Firefighters responded to La Plazita de Mofongo, located at 425 Broad St., about 12:18 a.m Saturday and found fire and smoke throughout the restaurant, according to the Manchester Fire Department.

Firefighters found that a sprinkler system had partially extinguished a blaze in the kitchen. The rest of the fire was quickly brought under control and no injuries were reported, the fire department said.

The restaurant, billed as “a little part of Puerto Rico located in the heart of Manchester” on its social media pages, will be closed until repairs can be made.

“Dear customers, I regret to inform you that we will be closed at the moment for reasons beyond our control,” the restaurant team said in a statement on their Facebook page.

“Thank you for your support and we will work hard to open and provide you with the service and quality you deserve,” the statement said.

The fire marshal’s office was investigating the fire.

Santa Rosa, CA – Sprinkler system activated for structure fire in restaurant; No injuries reported

Firefighters are investigating a commercial structure fire early Wednesday in downtown Santa Rosa. 

The Santa Rosa Fire Department said the blaze, which was first reported shortly before 12:45 a.m., occurred in the 500 block of Fourth Street.

Upon arrival, firefighters found water coming from both floors of a two-story brick building that houses various businesses, the department said.

The blaze was raised to a two-alarm assignment after firefighters noticed a fire alarm was sounding inside the building and that windows of a second-floor establishment were stained with smoke, indicating there was fire inside.

Firefighters had to force their way into a stairway leading to the second floor, according to the fire department. Crews then found the fire inside the Thai House restaurant, just being checked by a sprinkler head that activated.

After firefighters extinguished the fire and cleared the area, they forced their way into Belly Left Coast Kitchen and Tap Room on the first floor, directly below where the blaze had started in the Thai House restaurant.

There was no smoke or fire from the first-floor establishment, but significant amounts of water were pouring down from the floor above it, the fire department said.

No injuries were reported by firefighters.

Only the Thai House restaurant and Belly Left Coast Kitchen and Tap Room were the building’s establishments damaged by the fire, according to the department, which added that the damage was estimated to be $150,000. Both businesses will be closed for an indefinite period.

The fire department noted the working fire sprinkler system prevented the flames from spreading throughout the building.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, even though it looks accidental, according to firefighters.

Kansas City, MO – Sprinkler system activated for kitchen fire at restaurant

A small fire broke out at the popular barbecue restaurant Q-39 South in Overland Park Wednesday night.

Crews responded to a kitchen fire about 9:45 p.m. and found smoke coming from the roof of the building.

Firefighters say the fire was coming from a gas appliance in the kitchen area.

They shut off gas to the building, extinguished the fire and made sure everyone got out safely.

The restaurant’s sprinkler system activated, helping knock down the fire, according Jason Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Overland Park Fire Department.

Fire damage was contained to the kitchen area, however because the sprinkler system activated, cleanup and repairs will be required.

The Overland Park Fire Department says the restaurant will likely be closed for those repairs.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

Las Vegas, NV – Sprinkler system extinguishes fire before fire crews arrive; No injuries reported

Several crews responded after a light fixture caught fire inside a hotel room near the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday, according to a fire official.

A building fire was reported around 6:50 a.m. at the Renaissance on Paradise Road south of Desert Inn Road, Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney said in a statement.

The first arriving engine investigated and found the room where the fire alarm was activated. They found a “light ballast” that malfunctioned and caught fire.

A fire sprinkler nearby activated and put out the fire before the crews made it to the room, according to Whitney.

The fire did not spread to anything else and no injuries were reported. Damage has not yet been estimated.

Ocala, FL – Sprinkler system activated for arson fire at hotel

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested after setting a couch on fire at a hotel and causing guests to be evacuated early in the morning following a fight with her mother, police say.

Ocala Fire Rescue in Ocala, Florida — located some 80 miles northwest of Orlando — received a call Tuesday at approximately 3:24 a.m. to reports of a structure fire at the Hilton Ocala hotel located on 3600 SW 36th Ave.

“Units arrived at the nine-story hotel to find audible and visual alarms, an active sprinkler system, and Ocala Police Department members assisting guests in evacuating the premises,” Ocala Fire Rescue said in a statement on social media.

Firefighters encountered “moderate smoke” as they entered the lobby of the hotel and began to make their way down a first-floor hallway near the banquet rooms to try and find the source of the fire which was worsening as they approached, authorities said.

“Using a thermal imaging camera, crews located the seat of the fire,” Ocala Fire Rescue said. “In conjunction with the sprinkler system, crews used a water can to smother the flames, which consumed a couch and scorched an adjacent wall.”

The fire was extinguished entirely within seven minutes of arrival, officials said, but given the deliberate nature of the blaze, the Ocala Police Department treated the fire as arson.

Following a brief investigation, Ocala Police ended up arresting a 16-year-old girl who was visiting from Peoria, Illinois. Police said she allegedly started the fire after fighting with her mother, though authorities did not say what caused the fight and what could have led her to allegedly set a sofa on fire in the building because of it.

“The damage to the hotel is estimated to be a couple hundred thousand dollars,” Ocala Police said. “Thankfully, no one was injured … and hotel guests were able to return to their rooms the same morning.”

Authorities credited an effective evacuation plan carried out by hotel staff in the early hours of the morning for helping to keep the situation under control and the estimated 320 guests safe.

The teenage girl has been charged with arson and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Grand Forks, ND – Sprinkler system activated for fire at restaurant and bar; No injuries reported

A restaurant and bar in the northern valley is damaged after a fire started in the building.

The Grand Forks Fire Department was called to the Crooked Pint Ale House on S. Columbia Rd. around 10:42 p.m. on Sunday, July 23.

Authorities say they saw smoke coming from the back of the building and could hear the sprinkler system going off. Firefighters eventually found the fire started on top of the coolers and spread to parts of the ceiling.

Officials say they put out the fire quickly, but some fire damage was already done to parts of the restaurant and most of the building had some smoke damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the business will remain closed until repairs can be made.

No one was injured in the fire.

Great Falls, MT – Sprinkler system extinguishes fire at hotel; No injuries reported

Great Falls Fire Rescue responded to a small fire at the Sleep Inn & Mainstay Suites at 520 Country Club Boulevard on Tuesday, July 11, 2023.

Assistant Fire Chief Mike McIntosh said in a news release that GFFR received a water flow alarm at 9:25pm, and Engine 4 arrived at the scene at 9:32pm.

Firefighters saw people vacating the hotel, but they did not see any visible smoke or fire.

Firefighters discovered that a small fire occurred in room 318. The fire started in a nightstand located next to a bed, which was close to an exterior wall.

The fire had generated enough heat to activate the building’s fire sprinkler system, which functioned as designed, and quickly extinguished the fire.

The fire damage to the room was minimal, but there was significant water damage to the second and third floors.

Hotel management was able to move the majority of guests affected by the water from the sprinkler system to other rooms within the hotel; one guest was relocated to another hotel.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire, and restoration crews are are continuing to assess the damage.

The occupant of room 318 could not be located when GFFR and Great Falls police officers were at the scene of the fire. They have tried to contact the room occupant, but have not yet been successful.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated. We will update you if we get more information.

Boone, NC – Sprinkler system extinguishes electrical fire at restaurant

This past Saturday, June 24th, at 4:00am Station 2 was alerted to an automatic fire alarm activation on Watauga Village Drive. Engine 6 arrived to find the sprinkler system activated and smoke coming from a restaurant at the end of the building. Capt. Wilson immediately upgraded the incident to a working structure fire.

Crews deployed hose and forced entry into the building. Upon entry, it was found that the sprinkler system had put out a small fire in the kitchen.

Upon investigation, it was deemed to be an electrical fire that had spread to nearby combustible materials.

This incident highlights the importance of sprinkler systems in reducing fire growth and saving lives!

Responding Units:

Engine 6, Engine 4, Ladder 1, Squad 1, Tanker 2, Chief 21, Bat. Chief Propst, Bat Chief Brown, and numerous off-duty personnel.

Nantucket, MA – Sprinkler system activated for fire at restaurant; No injuries reported

The Nantucket Fire Department responded to The Gaslight restaurant at 3 North Union Street at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday morning to combat a basement fire.

The initial report from dispatch was a general fire alarm  but once NFD members arrived on scene, they were able to smell smoke from the outside of the restaurant – prompting dispatch to call extra personnel to the station to respond.

“When our first engine showed up they saw heavy smoke coming from the basement and once they made entry into the basement, they determined there was a fire,” fire chief Michael Cranson said. “The sprinkler system had activated and held the fire from getting any worse. The crews were able to pretty quickly knock the fire down but we just had a ton of clean up, smoke, and carbon monoxide throughout the entire building.”

“Nobody got hurt. Nobody got killed. The sprinkler system did its job so that is a big boost for the push for sprinkler systems,” Cranson added. “That is a perfect example of how they save lives and they save properties.”

The NFD began to ventilate the building with fans and after the fire was extinguished, began to pump water out of the building.

“Our fire prevention officers were on scene doing the investigation. The Health Department, the wiring inspector was on scene. Everyone was doing their due diligence to make sure that everybody was safe and everything was being done according to code.”

Cranson said the cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time, but confirmed that there is a large amount of smoke and water damage.

“There is a ton of smoke and water damage in the basement,” Cranson said. “Then there is some smoke damage throughout the rest of the building but hopefully they can get that resolved and fixed rather quickly.”

Three engines, two fire cruisers, one ambulance, one police truck, and one police cruiser were on scene. Over a dozen NFD personnel responded.

Gaslight manager Devin Perras confirmed to the Current that The Gaslight will not be open today due to the fire.

Cranson said they will be “closed up for a while” but there is no timetable for when they will reopen.

The Gaslight later posted on their social media that they would be closed Sunday and for “the next few nights” while expressing their gratitude for the NFD.

“We are so grateful to the Nantucket Fire Department for their quick response to the basement fire (Sunday) morning,” they said. “They had it under control in no time. Sprinkler systems work and ours definitely saved our restaurant and venue from heavy damage or total loss. Back to feed you and rock out soon.”

Maryville, TN – Sprinkler system extinguishes fire at restaurant

Mike Caylor, deputy chief of Maryville Fire Department, said that a call regarding the fire came in at 1:33 p.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived 3 minutes later, to find that the fire was out. The sprinkler system extinguished it, he said.

“The updated sprinkler system did its job and assisted in keeping damages to a very small minimum. No damage to the main level at all. We just have to clean up some water in other areas and double check for any other old neglected electrical components to ensure this never happens again,” a post published to Two Doors Down’s Facebook page states.

Five engines and two support vehicles responded to the fire, along with 12 personnel from MFD and three from Alcoa Fire Department.

Firefighters remained at the scene to assist with water removal and smoke mitigation.

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