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Lexington, KY – Sprinkler system activated for fire at Smucker plant; No injuries reported

An investigation is underway after fire crews responded to two different situations at the JM Smucker plant in Lexington.

The Winchester Road plant makes Jif peanut butter.

Fire department officials tell us they responded shortly after 11 Monday morning for a reported hazmat incident at the plant.

When crews got there, they discovered there were two separate incidents going on. The first was a small ammonia leak, and the second was a fire at one of the roasters within the plant.

Additional fire units were called in to manage both incidents, which were in different parts of the building.

The sprinkler system activated and knocked down the bulk of the fire. The fire did extend outside the point of origin to the roof and at least one of the stacks. The fire has since been extinguished.

Fire officials say the ammonia leak was contained to the area of origin and the building has been ventilated.

We’re told all the workers at the plant got out, and no injuries were reported. Our crew at the scene says it looks like the workers have been allowed to go back inside the plant.

Company officials say they are working through their restart procedures.

Corbin, KY – Sprinkler system activated for fire at warehouse facility

Officials at Webbed Sphere Inc. were alerted to a small fire at the company’s facility that triggered the alarm and sprinkler systems about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“Webbed Sphere really appreciates the first responders who arrived so quickly to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Jon Huston, founder of Webbed Sphere. “Their professionalism and dedication are second to none.”

Members of the West Knox Volunteer Fire Department were alerted to the blaze by the building’s alarm system. They were assisted in their response by the Corbin Fire Department.

The fire started in an area of the building leased by a tenant of Webbed Sphere. It was contained quickly by the building’s fire suppression system. There was no structural damage and the fire only impacted a small, 20’x20’ area consisting of a workstation and some shelving.

“It was just a lot of smoke from all the products that caught fire,” said John Ward, CEO of Webbed Sphere. “The safety of our employees is the top priority. They did report for work normally (Tuesday), but were reassigned to areas not impacted by the smoke.”

The company expected a full return to normal operations Wednesday.

Lexington, KY – Sprinkler system activated for fire at ice rink

People enjoying some ice skating last night at the Lexington Ice and Recreation Center had quite the scare when a small fire started inside the building

According to the Lexington Fire Department, crews responded to the call around 9:17 p.m. Saturday.

The department says when they arrived everyone had evacuated from the building…and they were able to put out the fire with the help of the buildings sprinkler system.

The Fire Department says one girl did suffer minor injuries but was treated at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Bowling Green, KY – Sprinkler system activated for fire at metal forming business

Around 8:30 this morning, fire crews were called to Magna Bowling Green Metalforming after a scrubber caught fire in the middle of the building. Employees were evacuated safely during the fire. The Bowling Green Fire Department says the plant’s sprinkler system helped to keep the fire under control until crews arrived and put it out completely. Fortunately there were no injuries.

Danville, KY – Sprinkler system activated for fire at nursing home

A fire in one of the back wings of Landmark of Danville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Sunday led to evacuation of the building and seven total residents and employees transported to the hospital.

There were no life-threatening injuries, but the people transported had been subject to smoke inhalation, said Danville-Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder. He said all the residents were evacuated with no major issues.

Danville Fire Department Chief Doug Simpson said the dispatch to a structural fire at 203 Bruce Court, the address of Landmark, came at 9:05 a.m. Sunday morning. A sprinkler in one of the back wings had gone off. “But the sprinkler system did do its job and knocked the fire down,” Simpson said. “There was just little flames when we got there, but most of the issues were dealing with smoke.”

He said the seven individuals transported were taken to the hospital via Emergency Management Services, and the fire department also received help from the Boyle County Fire Department, “Which we really appreciated.”

“All the first responders did a great job, worked as a team and the Landmark staff did a great job as well evacuating the residents,” Simpson said.

He said there was no structural damage, but there was a lot of smoke, and some damage was done to the origin of the fire area.

Wilder said when the call was first dispatched, he “cringed” because “It’s one of the horrors we have in the first responder business, something like that occurring,” like a fire at a nursing home, since it’s “such a task” to get everyone evacuated.

“It took me a little while to get myself together,” he said.

Luckily, though, everyone was evacuated safely, and he wanted to note that the there was also mutual aid from Garrard and Lincoln counties — one rescue unit from Garrard County and one from Lincoln County to help evacuate residents.

Louisville, KY – Fire at walmart extinguished by sprinkler system before fire crews arrived; No injuries reported

A fire that broke out inside the Walmart in the Valley Station neighborhood Wednesday night was extinguished quickly by the sprinkler system, according to fire officials.

PRP Fire chief Doug Recktenwald said the sprinkler system put out the fire before the fire department arrived at the store on Dixie Highway, which is near Valley High School. 

As heavy smoke filled the store and alarms sounded, everyone was safely evacuated from the store, according to a MetroSafe supervisor. No one was injured in the fire. 

A MetroSafe supervisor said they received a report of a fire inside the store in the bedding section. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by fire investigators. One Walmart shopper told WDRB News they saw smoke coming from the ceiling. 

Lexington, KY – Fire extinguished with help from sprinkler system; No injuries reported

Fire crews and an industry’s sprinkler system combined to quickly put out a fire today at the J.M. Smucker facility on Winchester Road.

According to Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Jordan Saas, firefighters responded to the report of a fire at about noon at the facility. Crews found smoke coming from the roof on the backside of the building and once on top, fire was discovered in one of the hoppers.

The fire was extinguished using a hose line and the building’s sprinkler system, Saas said.

No injuries were reported.

As of 1 p.m., crews remained on the scene checking for hotspots but the scene was turned back over the company at about 1:15 p.m.

Lexington, KY – Sprinkler system activated for fire at cancer center; No injuries reported

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a small fire that set off some of the sprinklers in the UK Markey Cancer Center early Wednesday morning.

A small fire broke out at around 3 a.m. in the Comprehensive Breast Care Center located on the second floor of the Whitney-Hendrickson Building. This building is part of the UK Markey Cancer Center and faces Huguelet Drive.- Advertisement –

As designed, heat from the fire activated sprinklers, which produced water to fight the fire.

Firefighters said they didn’t see any flames or smoke from outside the building but did find two sprinklers had been activated on the second floor because of a small fire.

Firefighters put it out, shut down the sprinkler system and ventilated the building. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Schedulers are contacting patients with appointments Wednesday to reschedule or redirect them.

Bowling Green, KY – Sprinkler system kept fire from spreading at pub

Bowling Green Fire Department was dispatched at 6:13 p.m. Saturday to Dublin’s Irish Pub downtown after an employer opened up a door to the business and found it full of smoke.

“A small fire had been kept from spreading by the sprinkler system and firefighters used a fire extinguisher to finish putting the fire out,” Bowling Green Fire Department spokeswoman Marlee Boenig.

Firefighters used fans to clear the building of smoke.

Elizabethtown, KY – Manufacturing plant fire held in check thanks to sprinkler system; No injuries reported

Emergency responders were called Monday morning to an industrial fire at the Hendrickson plant in Elizabethtown.

According to information released by Elizabethtown Fire Department Deputy Chief Everett Roberts, the department was alerted to a fire at 940 N. Black Branch Road, at 8:48 a.m.

Roberts said the battalion chief was first to arrive and reported heavy black smoke coming from the west side of the production area. The battalion chief quickly confirmed with plant supervision that all employees had been evacuated.

Roberts said a rescue pumper crew made entry with hose lines to extinguish the fire, which was being held in check by the plant sprinkler system. Another crew gained access to the roof but found the fire was not extended.

Roberts said it was determined the fire originated near a hydraulic oil storage vessel causing a flash fire and heavy smoke.

Initially, there were reports of several employees needing medical attention. Hardin County EMS sent several ambulances and a supervisor to the scene. Roberts said it later was determined only one employee was checked on by EMS on scene and that employee did not need medical treatment or transport.

The fire was extinguished, overhauled and ventilation of the structure was completed and all EFD units were clear by 10:55 a.m.

“Fortunately, there were no injuries or major damage to the building,” Roberts said in the statement. “This incident does bring out an opportunity to remind folks to be careful not to block any fire lanes or fire equipment such as sprinkler connections. It is important for fire crews to have immediate access to these areas.”