Category Archives: Residential

Virginia Beach, VA – Sprinkler system activated for kitchen fire in high-rise apartment; No injuries reported

A kitchen fire in a high-rise apartment in Town Center has displaced one person and damaged several other units in the building.

The Virginia Beach Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the 4500 block of Commerce Street in Town Center on Tuesday evening. They arrived at about 8:35 p.m. After unsuccessfully attempting to reset the alarm, further investigation found water flowing from the door of an apartment on the ninth floor.

When they entered, firefighters found an active sprinkler head, fire and smoke in the apartment.

The fire was extinguished at 9:03 p.m. There was also water damage to twelve units below the apartment.

One person has been displaced. No civilians, firefighters or pets were injured.

The cause of the fire was found to be accidental from boxes left on a stove.

Paso Robles, CA – Sprinkler system activated for fire in multifamily residential building

A fire forced residents to evacuate a three-story Paso Robles multifamily residential building Sunday evening.

The fire on 33rd Street was first reported around 8:15 p.m., according to a news release from Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services.

It was located in an exterior storage space on the second floor of the building, the release said.

The fire suppression sprinkler system was working and helped mitigate the effects of the flames until firefighters could arrive on-scene.

“Due to the fire suppression system and quick actions by firefighters, there was no fire extension into the living quarters, and there was minimal damage to the structure,” the release said.

All occupants safely evacuated their homes during the blaze and were able to return after the fire was extinguished by firefighters, the release said.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined, according to the release.

Two fire engines, one battalion chief from Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services responded to the fire, along with two San Luis Obispo County Cal Fire engines and one battalion chief and a ladder truck from the City of Atascadero Fire Department.

South Portland, ME – Sprinkler system activated for fire at apartment building

Firefighters in South Portland are crediting a sprinkler system for minimizing the damage to an apartment building at 340 Clarks Pond Parkway.

The fire department was alerted to a fire at the Latitude apartment complex by a building’s fire alarm system. The building is a six-story apartment building  housing 64 units.

The automatic sprinkler system had contained a fire on a third floor balcony.

The building was evacuated while firefighters checked the structure.

The damage was minor, and there was no smoke or water damage inside the building, according to the department.

“This is a perfect example of why fire codes and safety systems are vital,” Fire Chief Phil Selberg said.

Without the activation of the sprinklers, damage could have been substantial and people may have been harmed, according to the chief.

Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth fire departments assisted.

Bend, OR – Sprinkler systems activated for two separate apartment fires

Bend firefighters responded to two apartment fires over the long weekend. The first was on Atwood Drive, Thursday. Everyone evacuated the building after the batteries of an electric skateboard caught fire while charging in a bedroom. The building’s sprinkler system extinguished the flames and damage was limited to the bedroom.

Friday evening, a new tenant moving in to a newly constructed building in southwest Bend inadvertently turned on a burner while setting something on the cooktop. They quickly used a hallway fire extinguisher before the sprinklers activated.

New London, CT – Sprinkler system activated for fire at apartment complex

Nov. 19—NEW LONDON — A fire at an apartment complex on Jefferson Avenue displaced a family of five Sunday.

At 11:41 a.m., New London firefighters responded to a call for a kitchen fire in apartment B7 in Jefferson Commons, 432 Jefferson Ave., Battalion Chief Mark Waters said.

When firefighters arrived, they evacuated the family, and cleared smoke and water from the apartment, he said.

The American Red Cross provided assistance to the family and caseworkers will be working with them to come up with a long-term recovery plan.

The fire had been controlled by the apartment’s sprinkler system, he said. Crews were at the scene for about half-an-hour.

The fire caused damage to the stove, cabinets and range hood, as well as smoke damage to the ceiling, Waters said, adding that repairs will have to be made.

Waters said the cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshal’s office.

Quincy, IL – Sprinkler system activated for dryer fire at senior center; No injuries reported

Two engines from the Quincy Fire Department responded to a fire at the Quincy Senior Center, 639 York, on Monday night.

The Quincy Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the basement, but it received no indication of what was on fire was given. The first crew arrived on scene at 8:10 p.m. No smoke or other signs of fire were observed from the exterior.

The first-arriving crew made entry into the basement and discovered a fire in an industrial dryer. One sprinkler head had tripped, and the fire was kept in check and extinguished by the sprinkler system. Two other crews arrived on scene and assisted blocking the flow of water from the sprinkler head. They then squeegeed the water into a floor drain. The sprinkler system was shut down until a sprinkler technician arrived and reset the system.

No civilians or firefighters were injured at the scene. The dryer appears to be a complete loss. The laundry room, south hallway, and kitchen in the basement sustained water damage.

An investigation determined that mop heads and rags, which previously had cleaning solution on them, had been drying in the dryer.

The fire department had 10 members on scene from two engines, as well as a quint and the assistant chief.

Cross Lanes, WV – Sprinkler system activated for fire at apartment complex

A sprinkler system in a Kanahwa County apartment is credited with preventing a horrible tragedy early this morning.

Firefighers from Kanawha and Putnam County responded to the blaze around 4:30 a.m. at the Unity Apartments in Cross Lanes.

The fire broke out in the bedroom of one unit, but the sprinkler quickly had the fire under control even before the fire department arrived. Nitro Fire Chief Casey Mathes said had it not been for the sprinkler, the early morning fire very likely would have claimed several lives.

Twenty-seven residents of the apartment building located on Big Tyler Road were evacuated. They were allowed to reurn home after about an hour.

Investigators said the fire is blamed on smoking in bed.

Everett, WA – Sprinkler system extinguishes fire at supportive housing facility; No injuries reported

Sprinklers extinguished a fire in a tenant’s room at Andy’s Place at 33rd and Lombard in Everett, Washington this morning.

Shortly after 6:00 AM Sno911 began receiving call from people reporting an alarm going off in the building and there was at least one report of smoke and flames.

Residents and staff safely evacuated the building.

Everett Fire’s Ladder 1 arrived and confirmed a fire in one apartment bringing a full commercial response. The sprinkler system had activated and the fire was contained to the one room which had both smoke and water damage.

There were no injuries and at this writing an investigator with Everett Fire is on scene working to determine the cause.

Charlotte, NC – Sprinkler system activated for fire at apartment complex; No injuries reported

Charlotte Fire officials say they responded to an apartment fire in the SouthPark area Monday morning.

First responders said the fire originated in a living room at the Allure apartment complex in the 5700 block of Carnegie Boulevard. They said upon arrival, smoke was coming out of the 350-unit structure.

The fire was contained by a sprinkler head at the apartment of origin, and was under control in 34 minutes.

First-floor apartments around unit sustained some water damage. Firefighters said the estimated property/content loss was $55,000.

Medic also responded to the incident and said they did not transport patients.

Fayetteville, NC – Apartment fire extinguished by sprinkler system; No injuries reported

An investigation is underway after an apartment fire in Fayetteville forced multiple people of their homes.

Crews responded to the three-story complex on Bunce Road and Cliffdale Road around 1:23 a.m.

Fire officials say smoke was found coming from a unit on the third floor.

They say crews found a kitchen fire that was extinguished by the sprinkler system.

The power had to be turned off to multiple units due to water damage from the sprinklers.

Officials say Red Cross is helping multiple residents because of that damage.

No one was hurt.

The cost of damages are estimated to be around $15,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.