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Vancouver, WA – Sprinkler system extinguishes arson fire at church

Authorities are searching for a suspect accused of breaking into a church and trying to start a fire. It happened early Sunday morning in Vancouver. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says someone broke into the City Harvest Church by breaking a window. They then allegedly tried to start a fire inside the building, but a sprinkler system quickly extinguished the flames. Authorities are investigating the incident as arson.

Seattle, WA – Sprinkler system activated for fire inside apartment building; No injuries reported

Crews fought a fire inside an apartment in Downtown Seattle early Tuesday, causing residents to spill out onto the street.

At 3:30 a.m., crews were called to the building in the 1400 block of Madison Street. A fire was found inside a fourth-floor unit.

When firefighters arrived, the flames were under control, thanks to the building’s sprinkler system, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Crews put out the remaining fire.

No one was hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Spokane, WA – Sprinkler system activated for arson fire assisted living facility

Three different fires in Spokane broke out on Mother’s Day keeping firefighters busy all day.

The first fire broke out at Fairview Assisted Living at 1617 North Calispel Street where firefighters discovered a resident intentionally setting fires.

The call came from five different alarm activations around 6:20 a.m. that activated their sprinkler system and stopped the fire from spreading further.

Residents inside the center were evacuated as firefighters quickly put out any additional flames.

There is a current investigation with the Spokane Police Department into the person responsible for intentionally setting the fire.

Kennewick, WA – Sprinkler system activated for fire at apartment complex; No injuries reported

UPDATE April 1

According to the Kennewick Fire Department, the fire from Friday displaced as many as 24 people.

The Red Cross reportedly started the process of helping a family of nine, which lived in one of the damaged apartment units and had nowhere else to go over Easter weekend.

Disaster Response Team supervisor Terry Liikala said they were able to help the predominantly non-English speaking family thanks to the help of their bilingual eldest son.


An apartment in Kennewick caught fire Friday afternoon and was kept from spreading by fire sprinklers, according to Kennewick Fire Department Chief Chad Michael.

Michael says the fire, located on the 1000 block of West Fifth Avenue, was contained with fire sprinklers to a fourth floor apartment unit before crews arrived.

All residents of the apartment building are allowed to reenter the building except the apartment which caught fire, according to Michael.

The cause is currently unknown and is under investigation by KFD. No injuries were reported from the fire, which is now out.

More information will be revealed later in a press release.

Wenatchee, WA – Sprinkler system activated for fire in machinery room; No injuries reported

A fire this morning in the packing line facility at Stemilt Growers halted production temporarily, but left no one injured.

Wenatchee Valley Fire Chief Brian Brett says the fire in a machinery room at the Euclid Avenue complex was reported about 7:53 a.m. But fire suppression systems at the warehouse helped calm the flames, while Stemilt’s emergency protocols got more than 100 people safely out of the building before firefighters arrived.

“Fortunately, the maintenance personnel working there, they shut the breaker off to the machine room where the fire originated,” Brett told NCWLIFE. “A sprinkler head activated, which contained the fire just as they’re supposed to do.”

Brett says the attention to fire protocols in the facility “alleviates a lot of stress for us, because then we know we’re not going in not only to suppress the fire, but to have to look for occupants as well. We can focus exclusively on suppressing the fire.”

Everett, WA – Sprinkler system activated for lithium-ion battery fire at apartment complex

On February 14th at 11:10pm the Everett Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at Housing Hope’s New Century Apartments at 2507 Howard Avenue. Thanks to smoke alarms and a sprinkler system, the fire didn’t spread beyond the occupant’s bedroom.

Here’s what the Everett Fire Department reported:

The apartment occupants reported hearing a loud pop, followed by the activation of the smoke alarm.

The residents found a fire in the bedroom and attempted to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher before the sprinkler system activated.

Firefighters arrived within minutes of the call and found the apartment’s sprinkler system had activated and extinguished the fire, preventing it from spreading. The fire was contained in the apartment’s bedroom, and the second and third floors suffered water damage.

The Everett Fire Marshal’s Office investigated and concluded that lithium-ion batteries in the home likely caused the fire. They have ruled the fire as accidental.

Lithium-ion batteries are widely used to power various devices such as smartphones, laptops, power banks, tablets, toys, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms, scooters, and vehicles. Since these batteries store a significant amount of energy, it is crucial to handle them with care. They can overheat, catch fire, or even explode if not treated properly. It is important to follow the recommended safety measures when using them. Everett Fire urges everyone to be cautious while handling lithium-ion batteries.

Here are some safety tips when using lithium-ion batteries:

  • Only purchase and use devices, batteries, and charging equipment that are listed by a nationally recognized testing lab and labeled accordingly.
  • Use charging equipment that is only compatible with your device. To be safe, use only the charging equipment that is supplied with your device.
  • Do not keep charging the device or device battery after it is fully charged.
  • Do not put lithium-ion batteries in the trash. Recycling is always the best option. Take the batteries to a battery recycling location or contact your local waste department for disposal instructions.
  • Stop using your device if the battery shows signs of damage, such as an unusual odor, excessive heat, popping sounds, swelling, or change in color.
  • Only have device repairs performed by a qualified professional.
  • Larger batteries and equipment such as power tools and electric scooters should be charged in the garage, shed or carport away from living spaces.
  • Don’t charge or store battery devices near exits or along egress paths where they might hinder or block your escape should they catch fire or become involved in one.

For more information on lithium battery safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.org) website.

This incident serves as a good reminder to have working smoke alarms in your home. They are the first line of defense for early notification and evacuation should there be a fire.

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.

Seattle, WA – Sprinkler system activated for fourth floor apartment fire; No injuries reported

Seattle Fire Department (SFD) officials responded to an apartment building fire that occurred on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening.

SFD first posted on X about the fire at around 5:13 p.m., writing that they were responding to a fire in the 600 block of Howell St.

Shortly after, they posted an update, noting the fire was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system.

“I heard a loud explosion noise, and for a second, I was like, ‘Is that coming from the TV?’ And then I heard a draft, then my door rattled for about four seconds,” said James Maciel, who lives on the fourth floor of the building. “So right then, I knew something wasn’t right. I opened my door, and there was an engulfed, full fire by the elevator shaft.”

SFD also confirmed that no injuries were reported.

Maciel continued to say the fire began on the fourth floor while also noting that he believed the fire was intentionally set.

“This wasn’t a toaster oven fire or a heater blanket,” Maciel continued. “I knew that this was some kind of bomb or explosion. I knew it was set intentionally within two seconds of seeing it.”

KOMO News contacted the SFD for further details regarding the fire but was told that the matter is currently under investigation.

Kennewick, WA – Sprinkler system contains fire at Toyota Town Center

Kennewick Fire Chief Chad Michael credits the sprinkler system for containing a fire at the Toyota Town Center Friday. 

The fire started in one of the HVAC units in the basement of the facility at 7000 West Grandbridge Boulevard, prompting an evacuation of the center on September 22, 2023. 

The building was evacuated, and firefighters entered the building to find the rapid activation of the sprinkler system confined the fire to the unit.

Crews shut down the sprinkler system to minimize water damage and the facility was able to reopen a short time after the incident. 

Fire Chief Michael says the incident is an excellent example of the important role sprinklers play in both the protection of life and property.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “From 2015 to 2019, sprinklers operated in 92 percent of fires large enough to activate sprinklers and were effective at controlling the fire in 96 percent of the incidents in which they operated.”  

Seattle, WA – Sprinkler system activated for fire in apartment complex; No injuries reported

The 911 dispatch call came in at 8:41 a.m. to the complex, located at 10670 14th AVE SW (map below).

Multiple crews were able to extinguish the flames and isolate the hallway sprinkler system.

At this time, there are no reports of injuries, but some residents will be temporarily displaced due to smoke, fire, and water damage. Red Cross was requested, and the King County Regional Housing Authority was on scene to coordinate assistance efforts for tenants.