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Fire Sprinkler Saves (Fall 2021 Edition)

Fall 2021 Sprinkler Saves in the Chicagoland area. You can submit stories here and view other saves here.

Fire Sprinkler Contains Hotel Entrance Fire

November 17, 2021
KANKAKEE, IL
– A fire sprinkler controlled a fire at the front entrance of the Hilton Garden Inn in Kankakee. Firefighters were dispatched to the hotel after a heating element caused the fire inside the ceiling area near the front door. No injuries were reported.  The hotel was able to remain open.

 Source:  Daily Journal, Kankakee

Fire Sprinkler Contains Hotel Room Fire

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November 11, 2021

SCHAUMBURG, IL – A single fire sprinkler contained a fire inside a room at an extended stay hotel. A contractor working with chemicals that contacted a heat source caused the fire. Residents were not displaced from the hotel. No injuries were reported.

Source:  Michael R. Rons, Fire Marshal, Schaumburg Fire Department

Fire Sprinkler Contains Middle School Fire

November 5, 2021
LAKE ZURICH, IL – A single fire sprinkler contained a fire caused by a floor cleaning machine inside Lake Zurich Middle School – South Campus. The blaze was contained to the area of origin. The school was not occupied at the time of the fire. After a quick clean up, school conducted as usual. No injuries were reported.  “The alarm system did a great job and notified them of the problem, and the sprinkler system did a great job almost completely extinguishing it,” said Lake Zurich Fire Chief David Pilgard.

Sources: Lake & McHenry County Scanner and Daily Herald

Fire Sprinkler Contains Apartment Bedroom Fire

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October 23, 2021
ROMEOVILLE, IL – A single fire sprinkler stopped a fire from spreading in a bedroom of a 20-unit apartment building in Romeoville.  According to William Sterling, Deputy Fire Marshal, Romeoville Fire Department, it is believed an unattended candle in a master bedroom on the second floor caused the fire. The unit was unoccupied at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.

Source:  Deputy Fire Marshal William Sterling, Romeoville Fire Department

Fire Sprinklers Stop Fire From Spreading in Large Manufacturing Plant

October 17, 2021
Mundelein, IL – Fire sprinklers controlled a fire in a large manufacturing facility. According to Chief Bill Lark, Mundelein Fire Department, firefighters responded to a fire alarm and found heavy smoke. It took firefighters about an hour to fully extinguish the fire due to the size of the building and amount of smoke. The cause is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Source: Daily Herald

Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Utility Closet Fire

October 6, 2021
Lockport, IL – A single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in a closet at Above All Homecare, a local business in Lockport.

According to the Lockport Township Fire Protection District, firefighters were called to the business for the smell of smoke. A fire started in a closet where the water heater was kept. The fire sprinkler extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.

Source: Homer Glen-Lockport Patch

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Fire Sprinkler Saves (Spring 2021 Edition)

Spring 2021 Sprinkler Saves in the Chicagoland area. You can submit stories here and view other saves here.

Single Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Senior Housing Cooking Fire

June 22, 2021
PARK FOREST, IL – One fire sprinkler extinguished a cooking fire at Victory Centre of Park Forest, a senior housing apartment community. According to Captain Phillip Myers, Park Forest Fire Department, the resident was cooking, left the kitchen and fell asleep. The fire started on the stove and traveled up the cabinets. The sprinkler closest to the fire activated.

While the fire department responded, building maintenance accessed the apartment, found the occupant asleep in the bedroom and assisted the occupant out of the apartment. Fire crews arrived to find light smoke and the fire extinguished.

“The sprinkler stopped the fire and saved a life. If this building was not protected, the outcome could have been much different,” Myers said.

The occupant was checked by EMS and did not need further care. The fire sprinkler system was back in service the same day. There was no damage to the other 94 apartments and no injuries were reported.

Source:  Fire Sprinkler Save Report submitted by Phillip Myers, Captain, Park Forest Fire Department

Single Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Pallet Fire

June 19, 2021
ADDISON, IL  – A single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in a multi-tenant commercial occupancy. The Addison Fire Protection District responded to a fire alarm and found static smoke. One fire sprinkler suppressed a fire that started when a pallet of cardboard was too close to lighting. The estimated damage was $500. No injuries were reported.

Source: Sprinkler Save Report submitted by Mike Toika, Fire Marshal, Addison Fire Protection District #1.

Fire Sprinklers Control Storage Room Fire At Walgreens

June 14, 2021
AURORA, IL
– Fire sprinklers controlled a fire in a storage room near a loading dock at a Walgreens. According to Battalion Chief Jim Rhodes, Aurora Fire Department, Walgreens employees reported that the sprinkler system activated. Firefighters saw smoke coming from the storage room near the loading dock and extinguished the remaining fire. The fire may have been related to an earlier electrical fire in the ally behind the Walgreens. A truck hit a power line causing a few small spot fires. No injuries were reported.

Source: Aurora Patch

Fire Sprinkler Contains Commercial Dryer Fire

June 7, 2021
MACHESNEY PARK, IL
– A single sprinkler controlled a fire in a large commercial dryer. According to a North Park Fire Protection District Facebook post, the sprinkler controlled the fire until crews arrived. There was zero visibility in the basement where the fire occurred. The sprinkler saved tens of thousands (if not more) dollars in fire and smoke damage, and prevented possible injury to staff and residents.

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Source: North Park Fire Protection District Facebook page

Fire sprinkler extinguishes fire at Dollar General store

June 5, 2021
URBANA, IL – A fire sprinkler extinguished a refrigerator unit fire at a Dollar General store. According to Chief Chuck Lauss, Urbana Fire Department, the fire did not spread, but the refrigeration unit was damaged. No injuries were reported.

Source:  The News-Gazette

Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Arson Fire In School Restroom

June 1, 2021
PLAINFIELD, IL
 – Fire sprinklers extinguished a fire in a restroom at Ira Jones Middle School in Plainfield. Responding to a fire alarm, firefighters from Plainfield Fire Protection District and Plainfield Police confirmed that fire sprinklers extinguished the fire in the restroom located on the first floor.

Investigators identified a student as the individual who started the fire. He admitted to using a lighter to ignite paper towel. All students and staff were safely evacuated. No injuries were reported.

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