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Charleston, SC – Sprinkler system contains fire at hotel; No injuries reported

The Charleston Fire Department responded to a fire at Hampton In Hotel on Meeting St. Wednesday afternoon.

Charleston Police officials said the call came in at 12:54 p.m.

Crews have gotten the fire under control and ventilated the building.

Investigators are on the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

CFD says the fire sprinkler system was activated to contain the fire. No injuries were reported.

Kingstree, SC – Sprinkler system activated for plastic fire at warehouse

The Williamsburg County Fire Department responded to a large fire at the Solmax warehouse the morning of Jan. 21.

At 2:19 a.m., the fire department announced units were operating at a commercial fire at the manufacturer’s warehouse just outside of Kingstree. Over 100 large rolls of plastic were burning outside the main storage facility and there were several fires inside the storage facility.

The fires inside the warehouse were largely dosed by the facility’s sprinkler system, according to the fire department.

Fire officials said the outside fire was under control around 2:23 a.m., but they remained on scene to keep the flames down and clean up equipment. Mutual aid was provided by the Kingstree Fire Department and the South Lynches Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), according to the Williamsburg County Fire Department.

Summerville, SC – Sprinkler system activated for kitchen fire at restaurant; No injuries reported

Summerville Fire officials say a local restaurant sustained extensive heat and water damage Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in the kitchen.

No injuries were reported.

Crews were dispatched to Mad Fish restaurant at 1580 Trolley Rd. around 5:30 a.m. for reports of smoke in the area.

Upon arrival, smoke was observed coming from the restaurant and crews upgraded the call to a structure fire.

Firefighters forced entry into the building and found fire in the kitchen had activated the sprinkler system.

In addition to damage to Mad Fish, smoke spread to adjoining businesses.

Fire crews are expected to be on scene Tuesday morning with one lane of Trolley Road closed.

The cause will be investigated, fire officials said.

Mad Fish is located in the Ridgeway Plaza.

Charleston, SC – Grease fire at apartment complex extinguished by sprinkler system

The Charleston Fire Department (CFD) is crediting a sprinkler system with preventing a grease fire from spreading throughout a West Ashley apartment complex.

According to CFD, reports of a fire at 35 Folly Luxury Apartments came in just before 1:00 a.m. Monday.

Crews from CFD as well as St. Andrews and James Island Fire departments responded, along with Charleston County EMS and Charleston police.

Upon arrival, firefighters found remnants of a grease fire in a fourth-floor apartment.

The fire had been put out by a sprinkler and fire damage was contained to the kitchen of that apartment. One additional unit sustained water damage.

Investigators determined that the occupant of the apartment were cooking when a pot of grease caught fire. An occupant attempted to put out the fire using a bucket of water, which did not work.

CFD said that grease fires should never be extinguished with water, flour, or other similar items. Instead, they should be snuffed out by covering them with a pot lid.

Port Royal, SC – Sprinkler system extinguishes multi-family apartment dwelling; No injuries reported

The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department credits a sprinkler for extinguishing an apartment fire Monday evening.

Fire crews responded to a kitchen fire at Laurel Hill Apartments in Port Royal just before 7 p.m. on Monday Upon arrival, crews reported light smoke showing from a three-story, multi-family dwelling.

Officials say the fire was quickly extinguished by a sprinkler system which prevented any injuries and further
damage to the apartment and surrounding apartments.

“Multi-family dwelling fires can be very dangerous for everybody involved, the sprinkler did its job by extinguishing the fire very quickly and preventing any injuries from occurring,” said Battalion Chief Matt Bowsher.

The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department, Beaufort County EMS, and the Town
of Port Royal Police Department all responded to the fire.

Charleston, SC – Sprinkler system activated for fire at restaurant; No injuries reported

Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire Sunday morning at a King Street restaurant.

Crews responded at 11 a.m. to a fire reported in a storage room at the Stars Rooftop and Grill Room, the Charleston Fire Department said in a Twitter post.

Sprinklers activated and contained the fire until the fire department arrived.

There were no injuries and firefighters reported minimal damage.

Beaufort, SC – Sprinkler system extinguishes grease fire at apartment complex

A grease fire at an apartment in Beaufort County has left one family displaced.

The fire broke out shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the Magnolia Park Apartments on Laurel Bay Road, according to the Burton Fire District.

The Burton Fire District, MCAS Fire Department, Beaufort County EMS and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office all responded.

BFD said the apartment’s sprinkler system kicked on and extinguished the fire prior to firefighters’ arrival.

When firefighters did arrive on scene, they said they found a single sprinkler head that activated above a stove where the grease fire had erupted. Firefighters stopped the flow of water from the sprinkler head, which produces approximately 25 gallons of water a minute, until the complex’s maintenance personnel restored the system.

Due to smoke and water in the apartment, the family of six that lived there was displaced. Red Cross is now assisting the family.

Burton fire officials said that while the family of this apartment had to be temporarily relocated, the families in the other five apartments were able to return home.

“A fire doubles in size every 18-30 seconds, and even with a less than three-minute response by firefighters, without that sprinkler system and single sprinkler head, the fire would have devastated that apartment and caused damages throughout the building, possibly displacing all six families,” said Burton Fire District Community Support Officer Capt. Daniel Byrne.

Hardeeville, SC – Sprinkler system activated for commercial dryer fire at middle school

A fire that began inside a commercial dryer Nov. 29 led to the evacuation of Hardeeville Ridgeland-Middle School and Hardeeville Elementary School as firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, according to officials.

“A dryer in the athletic room at Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School caught fire,” the Jasper County School District said in a statement. “Our sprinkler system successfully extinguished the fire. Our teachers and staff followed our fire evacuation protocols and evacuated all students from Hardeeville Elementary School and Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School, safely and orderly, and all parents were informed immediately.”

The Hardeeville Fire Department responded around 12:52 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Joey Rowell said. Rowell said the school had been evacuated quickly and everyone was outside and accounted for when firefighters arrived. 

“The fire was in the rear of the school in the laundry area near the gymnasium,” Rowell said. “The dryer, which is a commercial dryer, had gotten too hot with some uniform equipment on the inside of it. The sprinklers in the school held the fire in check until firefighters could arrive and put out remaining hot spots. Without sprinklers, it could have gotten a lot worse with smoke.”

Rowell said the school had drainage systems in the floor of the laundry room area, which also helped. He said most of the damage was to the dryer and no damage estimate was immediately available. 

“The fire department remained on scene until all systems could be returned to normal around 5 p.m.,” Rowell said. “This was good work by all, including the school district and the fire department.”

North Myrtle Beach, SC – Sprinkler system activated for fire at resort; No injuries reported

Crews were on the scene of a fire at a North Myrtle Beach resort Sunday morning.

City spokesperson Pat Dowling said firefighters were called to the Beach Cove Resort on 4800 South Ocean Boulevard for reports of the blaze.

Dowling also said the fire was confined to the third floor and the sprinkler system was activated.

No injuries were reported.

Spartanburg, SC – Sprinkler system activated for fire at middle school

The Westview Fairforest Fire Department is responding to a fire at Fairforest Middle School in Spartanburg County, according to Spartanburg County dispatch.

Chief Communications Officer of Spartanburg District 6 Cynthia Robinson says the school experienced a small office fire this evening near the school’s planetarium. 

Robinson says the fire alarm and sprinkler system was activated in the area, at around 7:20 this evening with city and county fire officials quickly responding to the scene. 

The fire has been contained to one area of the building, and clean up is currently underway, says Robinson.

She also says no one was in the building at the time of the fire. 

School will be held on a regular schedule tomorrow.