Category Archives: Self-Storage Facility

Ferdinand, IN – U Storage fire kept under control by fire sprinklers

FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department were called Wednesday morning to the report of an active fire at U Storage, 2130 Industrial Park Road, which is housed in the former Mobel Inc. complex.

Fire Chief John Hoppenjans said firefighters arrived after the 11:07 a.m. page to find the building full of smoke. The fire had been extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, he said.

The fire department ventilated the building with exhaust fans.

Hoppenjans said maintenance personnel were removing an old spray booth when a spark ignited old lacquer residue.

Personnel on site quickly tried to extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher but the fire got out of control. Those on site then exited the building.

Four trucks and 22 firefighters were on the scene 75 minutes.

The Ferdinand Police Department assisted as did Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, which had an ambulance on standby.

Contra Costa, CA – Sprinklers assist firefighters in containing vehicle fire in storage unit

A vehicle caught on fire in a storage unit, causing about $35,000 in damages, a Contra Costa County fire official said. Nobody was injured in the blaze in an unincorporated area near the city of Martinez, said Fire Marshal Robert Marshall.

Nearly 20 firefighters responded at 10:18 p.m. Thursday to reports of a fire in a storage facility in the 5700 block of Pacheco Boulevard, near Interstate 680 and Highway 4, Marshall said. Crews arrived and found smoke billowing from one of the units, where a fire sprinkler was spraying water, he said.

Firefighters used four engines and a truck to prevent the flames from spreading to other units, Marshall said. They got the one-alarm fire under control within 10 minutes. The cause is under investigation but Marshall said it might have started from oily rags left inside the vehicle.

“You need to dispose of rags like that because they can spontaneously combust,” he said. “We don’t know if that’s what happened, but all of the right ingredients were there.”

Southbury, CT – Electrical fire at self-storage facility extinguished by sprinkler system

The operators of Store-Haus, a self-storage facility at 82 Poverty Road, cleaned up damage Thursday from a small fire the night before in the front office. Owner Dave Polmon said a chair in the office ignited after a wire overheated. The heat triggered the office’s sprinkler system, which put out the fire.

Firefighters were dispatched to the building at 8:40 p.m. after dispatchers were alerted by an alarm. Polmon said the business remains open despite the damage. He said plastic bowls five feet from the fire-damaged chair melted in the heat, but a container of chocolate-covered rains about 10 feet away did not melt.

Store-Haus opened in 1988 in the former location of a manufacturing firm called Dav-Matic Inc., which closed due to the decline of manufacturing in Connecticut.

Sprinklers aid firefighters at storage facility (Chatsworth, CA)

A fire in a Chatsworth storage facility today was put out by a sprinkler system, with help from firefighters. Two 6-by-8-foot wooden containers were reported on fire at 2:28 p.m., fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. “The containers were stored on tall racks and firefighters used the sprinklers to contain the fire to those crates until they could put it out,” Humphrey said.

Sprinklers stop self storage facility fire (Toms River, NJ)

When fire crews arrived to a fire at a self storage facility, they found that the flames had already been extinguished by the building’s fire sprinklers. The cause of the fire was inappropriate disposal of smoking materials.

Bureau of Fire Prevention Director James Mercready said, “A properly designed and maintained fire sprinkler system is an essential component in fire protection in both residential and commercial structures.”