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Cedar City, UT – Sprinkler system activated for trash can fire inside commercial building

Fire officials are highlighting the importance of automatic fire suppression sprinklers after a commercial business building was saved earlier this week.

Cedar City public information officer Gabrielle Costello said a fire started inside a trash can inside the Jones Paint and Glass building located at 38 E. 1600 North at approximately 9:11 p.m. Monday.

Chad Barnes, assistant manager of Jones Paint and Glass and also a full-time firefighter with Cedar City Fire Department, was reportedly notified in both capacities that the facility’s sprinkler system had been activated after hours.

According to a news release issued by Costello on Friday afternoon, Barnes wasn’t on duty with the fire department but arrived alongside on-duty fire crews that evening to find that the building’s sprinkler system had extinguished the fire within 30 seconds of being activated.

Prior to the activation of the sprinklers, the fire and smoke had been building up inside the trash can for approximately four minutes, as seen on the company’s surveillance cameras, the statement added.

“This is a prime example of how a sprinkler system can save a business,” Cedar City Fire Chief Mike Phillips said in the news release. “Recovery after a fire can often put a business out for a few days or sometimes forever but there are ways to prevent complete devastation and resume operations soon after.”

Barnes noted that even though the initial cost upfront for a sprinkler system can be costly for small business owners, the benefits are far greater if the sprinkler system is activated and saves the business.

“We are thankful to have resumed normal business operations the very next morning,” Barnes said.

“On behalf of everyone at Jones Paint and Glass, we want to thank the firefighters for their prompt response and the time they spent helping clear the water from the building,” he added.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, officials said.

Small business owners in Cedar City or Iron County who have questions about fire suppression systems are invited to call the Cedar City Fire Department at 435-586-2964.

South Ogden, UT – Sprinkler system activated for arson fire at high school

A student has been identified as starting a fire inside a South Ogden Junior High School bathroom early Monday, forcing an early dismissal from the school.

The incident was reported at approximately 11 a.m., with video showing a small fire in a bathroom as students looked on and filmed it with their phones.

Officials with the South Ogden City Fire Department reported the fire alarm and sprinkler system were triggered by a hand towel dispenser on fire in the North part of the building.

The fire was kept under control by the sprinklers but firefighters had to use a water extinguisher to completely put out the blaze.

Weber School District officials said Tuesday they have identified the student who started the fire and that they may now face criminal charges and disciplinary actions from the school.

Damage to the school was contained to the bathroom, mostly from the sprinkler system being active, officials explained.

School officials informed parents that their students were being dismissed early due to the fire.

Murray, UT – Sprinkler system activated for apartment fire above theater

A local playhouse, the Desert Star Playhouse, will be closed for at least two weeks following a fire in an apartment above the theater.

“The show will go on,” they said in a Facebook post.

Over the weekend, a fire occurred in an apartment directly above the theater, and due to Desert Star owner, Mike Todd, and his vigilance in keeping the fire alarms and sprinkler systems maintained, a victim of the fire was saved. Authorities also say the majority of the damage was from the sprinkler system.

The fire on March 31 was put out by crews with the Murray Fire Department. According to the Murray City Fire Chief, Joseph Mittelman, the crews could walk directly to the unit where the fire was reported.

Mittelman said when they entered the unit, the sprinkler was going off, and a person was in there. The crew began treatment of the victim as they awaited paramedics. When the paramedics arrived, they transported the victim to the hospital to treat him for smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

“The one thing we’re so appreciative of is a business owner, such as the Desert Star [owner], that is safety oriented. They had an alarm system, that was […] maintained, and also this fire sprinkler system has been maintained as well,” Mittelman said. “In this case, [the system] protected, and also saved this individual’s life.”

The apartment received both fire and water damage, and The Desert Star received flooding and water damage. According to Mittelman, fire sprinklers put out 7 gallons per minute.

The Desert Star said that due to the water damage, they are planning to re-open in two weeks, if not sooner. They said they’re currently in the process of cleaning up and readying the theater for future laughs.

“We didn’t start the fire,” Desert Star quipped. “But we’ll keep the place lit with our laughs.”

The Desert Star said that you can plan ahead for the re-opening, and purchase tickets for upcoming events on their website.

St. George, UT – Sprinkler system activated for kitchen fire at apartment complex

A fire at an apartment complex that firefighters say could have displaced dozens of Cedar City residents was extinguished by an activated sprinkler system.

At approximately 12:56 p.m. on Aug. 20, the Cedar City Fire Department received a call involving a kitchen fire at an apartment complex located at 163 N. 300 W. in Cedar City, according to a press release issued by the city.

Upon arrival, no flames or smoke were visible from the exterior; however, water was spraying out of the unit due to an activated sprinkler system.

Cedar City Fire Department responded with on battalion chief, one engine and one squad unit with a total of seven firefighters. When investigating, firefighters found a cooking fire had started on the stove but was extinguished by an activated sprinkler system that suppressed the flames. Firefighters credit the sprinkler system for saving dozens of lives and preserving multiple apartment units, the release states.

“This type of fire could have easily spread to nearby units, displacing tenants and damaging not only this apartment unit but neighboring ones as well,” firefighter Chad Barnes said in the news release. “We are thankful this building had a working sprinkler system that meets code requirements because it ultimately saved lives and property.”

Firefighters returned to the property a few days later and the water salvage was nearly complete with tenants moving back in and resuming normal operations.

The fire department encourages all business and property owners to explore installing sprinkler systems, especially if the building is older and initially was not required to do so according to older code. Cost is usually the main factor that causes hesitation in property owners, but the long-term benefit outweighs the up-front cost should a property ever experience a fire.

“Recovering from an unexpected fire or disaster is always the hardest part of resuming normal operations,” Fire Chief Mike Phillips said. “As seen with this apartment fire, do what you can now to prepare for an unfortunate event and your business or property will be able to recover quicker.”

Salt Lake City, UT – Sprinkler system activated for apartment fire

Fire crews responded to a minor apartment fire Sunday afternoon.

According to Salt Lake City Fire Captain Tony Stowe, a single apartment unit caught fire at 761 S 300 East around 12:15 p.m.

Crews arrived and took down the fire quickly.

The sprinkler system activated and helped to extinguish the fire.

The fire didn’t spread into other units but had damages related to evacuating the building.

Stowe said that one woman and child had smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.

The cause and cost of damages are being investigated.

The Red Cross of Utah helped residents who were displaced.

Draper, UT – Sprinkler system activated for fire at water park changing rooms

Cowabunga Bay was closed after a fire broke out in the water park’s changing rooms early Saturday morning.

Draper Fire Department officials said crews responded to a tripped fire alarm at the water park just after 2 a.m. Upon arrival, they observed light smoke and found that the fire was primarily contained to the attic of the building.

Fortunately, the emergency sprinkler system had been activated, which helped to suppress the flames in the lower part of the building.

“Crews did a really good job knocking it down,” said Deputy Chief Bart Vawdrey. “They did have to cut an access hole through the top to get to it just to clear it out, and then they pulled the ceiling from below.”

The cause remains under investigation, but Draper Fire said that it doesn’t appear to be suspicious. While no official estimate has been made, crews on scene speculate that the cost of the damage to the building could be anywhere between $75,000 to $100,000.

In a post on Facebook, Cowabunga Bay said the fire damaged their phone lines, and the water park would remain closed as they survey the damage.

“We will be temporarily closed until we can assure that all of our facilities are safe for our employees and our guests,” the statement read in part. “We apologize for any inconvenience, be assured that we will be working hard to get back open so you can enjoy the best summer ever.”

Provo, UT – Sprinkler system activated for fire at dormitory; No injuries reported

A BYU student making rocket fuel inside the kitchen of a campus dormitory started a fire Sunday that caused damage to the building, displacing residents.

University police said they were alerted to the fire at Heritage Halls – Building Four at 4:30 p.m and found the fire sprinklers had been activated and were flooding the floor.

Flames from the fire “had engulfed the walls and ceiling around the stove and the intense heat tripped the fire sprinkler system,” the department wrote.

After the fire was put out, an investigation found that the student was making homemade rocket fuel on the kitchen stove when it exploded into a fireball.

No one was injured, but the department said “some dorm residents will be displaced due to the flooding.”

“Please keep your experiments in the lab and supervised by trained professionals,” warned the police.

Syracuse, UT – Arson fire at church extinguished by sprinkler system

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a Syracuse chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was burned, vandalized, and defaced with anti-Christian symbols.

The Syracuse Police Department issued a statement Saturday afternoon on the case, which was first reported by Gephardt Daily.

On Oct. 9, 2021 at approximately 1 a.m., the Syracuse Fire Department responded to an LDS Church at 1112 S. 1525 West in Syracuse on a fire alarm. When fire crews entered the building, they found it filled with smoke and discovered a sprinkler system had extinguished the fire.

Fire crews observed extensive water and property damage throughout the building caused by the fire. Additionally, the fire department observed several intentional acts of vandalism throughout the building. The fire is being investigated as arson.

Syracuse Police Department, Syracuse Fire Department, Davis County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab and the ATF are working together to investigate the arson and vandalism.

On Oct. 9, 2021 at 2 p.m., an arson arrest was made regarding this case; a 16-year-old male responsible for the damage was booked into a juvenile detention facility. He will not be identified because he is a juvenile.


Emergency crews responded to the scene, a few blocks southeast of Syracuse High School, at about 1:10 a.m. Sprinklers had doused the blaze.

Arson damage to the interior included the burning of padded benches used by the congregation.

Inverted crosses, and what appeared to a pentagram, were spray-painted on the front of the church. Images including the number 666 were sprayed on other doors.

Officers questioned neighbors about anything they might have seen or captured on surveillance video. Syracuse Police Department officers were back at the scene in the morning, questioning any neighbors they might have missed earlier.

Several vehicles from a local cleaning company were on the scene Saturday morning, after the scene had been cleared by investigators.

Gephardt Daily will have additional information if it is released by police.

Clearfield, UT – Sprinkler system activated for fire at wood molding company; No injuries reported

Fire crews from multiple agencies responded to a commercial fire Thursday afternoon in Clearfield.

North Davis Fire District Chief Mark Becraft said the single-alarm fire, at 560 S. Main St., was inside the large structure owned by Interior Works, a company that produces wood molding.

“When crews arrived, there was smoke showing, and the building was evacuated,” Becraft told Gephardt Daily. “A sprinkler head popped and kept the fire in check.”

He said the fire was caused by a planer that malfunctioned, and it was a good thing “the sprinkling system did its job,” because firefighters’ visibility was hampered by all the smoke and sawdust.

“It wasn’t really a big fire, but it was a little bit of a task getting the building ventilated afterward because of (the building’s) size,” Becraft said, adding that crews were on scene for about an hour and 15 minutes.

He estimated damages at $100,000, with roughly $80,000 of that being the cost of the large commercial planer that caused the fire.

There were no injuries, Becraft said.

All North Davis Fire District crews responded, as well as firefighters from Syracuse, Hill Air Force Base, and Layton. The Davis County Sheriff’s Office also was on scene.

Salt Lake City, UT – Apartment sprinkler system helps put out fire after refrigerator explosion

An area of downtown Salt Lake City was closed to traffic on Saturday as emergency officials and the Utah Department of Health investigated the scene of a fire that injured two people.

The fire was located in an apartment building at 360 South and 400 West. SLC Fire responded around 1 p.m. according to Captain Anthony Burton.

Burton said the call came into emergency officials as an explosion from a refrigerator in an apartment on the third floor. When firefighters arrived they detected “light smoke” on that floor and executed an aggressive response with help from the building’s sprinkler system.