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Fire Sprinkler Saves (Summer Edition 2020)

June 2020

 Fire Sprinkler Controls Kitchen Fire in Peoria Apartment

PEORIA, IL (June 21, 2020) – A fire sprinkler controlled an early morning kitchen fire, June 21, at New Hope Apartments in Downtown Peoria.

The Peoria Fire Department responded to a smoke alarm call. A sprinkler activated and there was a small fire on the stove and counter top in a fifth floor unit. Firefighters turned off the stove and extinguished the remaining fire.

The fire was determined to be accidental and the local chapter of the American Red Cross was called to help find residents shelter for the evening.

Source: Journal Star

 

Fire Sprinkler Stops Fire From Spreading At Peoria Country Inn & Suites

PEORIA, IL (June 17, 2020) – A fire sprinkler controlled a fire in a hotel room at the Country Inn & Suites at 5309 W. Landens Way in Peoria Wednesday morning around 7:53 a.m.

While en route, dispatchers received reports of smoke in the building and a full fire response was requested. Upon arrival, fire crews saw smoke in the hallway on the second floor and determined the origin was from a single room. They found the sprinkler system activated preventing the fire from spreading and extinguished the remaining fire.

Firefighters checked remaining rooms for occupants. Everyone safely evacuated and there were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Source: 25News Week.com

 

Fire Sprinkler Stops Fire From Spreading at Linen Service Facility

COLUMBIA, IL (June 15, 2020) – A fire sprinkler controlled a fire at the Crown Linen Service located at 322 E. Industrial Drive in Columbia around 8:25 p.m. on Monday, June 15.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a call of black smoke showing from the large facility. According to Columbia Assistant Fire Chief Jim Broshears, a large bag of laundry caught fire inside the business, possibly due to spontaneous combustion. The first crew in knocked it down and the fire sprinkler system helped.

Crown Linen provides linen services for the restaurant, hospitality, healthcare and sales industries. There was minimal damage and no injuries were reported.

Source: Republic-Times

 

Fire Sprinkler Controls Industrial Fire At Construction Business

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WARRENVILLE, IL (June 12, 2020) – A single fire sprinkler controlled a fire in a construction building on the 30W200 block of Butterfield Road around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.

Fire crews from the Warrenville Fire Protection District arrived at the scene six minutes after the alarm and called in extra forces from West Chicago Fire Protection District, Wheaton Fire Department, Winfield Fire Protection District and Warrenville Police Department. Once the structure fire response team assembled, crews brought a hose inside to extinguish the fire.

According to Assistant Chief Andy Dina, Warrenville Fire Protection District, an automatic fire sprinkler kept the blaze in check until firefighters arrived. Crews put out the fire quickly, then ventilated the building and checked to ensure the flames did not spread to adjoining units.

Damage was held to common combustibles in the area where the fire originated.

There were no injuries and the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.

Source: Daily Herald and Warrenville Fire Protection District

 

2020-06-22T14:34:01-05:00June 22nd, 2020|Comments Off on Fire Sprinkler Saves (Summer Edition 2020)

WJOL-AM Talks to Plainfield Fire Marshal About Home Fire Sprinkler Week

Mary Ludemann - PlainfieldListeners of WJOL-AM 1340 Radio learned something they may not have realized when host Kevin Kollins invited Plainfield Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Mary Kay Ludemann on his show during Home Fire Sprinkler Week.

“Are homes being built now with fire sprinklers in them?” asked Kollins. His question was a nice tee up for Fire Marshal Ludemann, who explained they are indeed. She noted there are different code requirements for residential sprinklers in different regions in Illinois and discussed the fire dangers when new homes are built with lightweight construction material, which can fail faster than legacy wood construction material. This danger has been the driving force behind codes requiring sprinklers in new homes, she said.

The bottom line? Home fire sprinklers “keep a fire from reaching flashover, which gives everybody an opportunity to safely escape,” the Fire Marshal said. “It also saves the lives of first responders because they aren’t going into a situation with a flashover or a potential floor collapse or anything of that nature.”

“You’re talking about saving lives,” Kollins added, closing out the interview.

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2020-06-03T08:03:19-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Comments Off on WJOL-AM Talks to Plainfield Fire Marshal About Home Fire Sprinkler Week

Illinois Joins Nationwide Virtual Campaign to Address Home Fire Problem

 

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Orland Park, IL (May 14, 2020) – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a home fire can become deadly in as little as two minutes. That is largely due to the fact that today’s common synthetic furnishings burn hotter and faster and produce deadly toxic smoke when compared with the natural-material furnishings of decades ago. Although the number of home fires has come down over the years, residents are more likely to die if they have a home fire today than they were in 1980.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly evident through news coverage that stay-at-home mandates are in direct correlation with an increase in home cooking fires. This emphasizes the importance of the need to educate about fire safety, including fire sprinklers in new homes. Home fire sprinklers can help eliminate these unneeded tragedies.

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), along with other members of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, will virtually spread the word about the lifesaving benefits of home fire sprinklers during Home Fire Sprinkler Week, May 17 – 23. The North American-wide virtual campaign is a project of the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC).

Throughout the week, fire departments and fire safety groups across the U.S. will access digital content at the Home Fire Sprinkler Week website and encourage their audiences to read and share daily home fire safety messaging. They will be posting home fire sprinkler videos, graphics and other information on their websites, through social media and via local news outlets.

According to Erik Hoffer, executive director, NIFSAB, home fire sprinklers have been in national model codes since 2009. More than 110 towns and fire districts in Illinois require home fire sprinklers installed in all new construction.

“During the week, we recognize elected officials, fire chiefs and members of the fire service who played a role in requiring fire sprinklers in new homes,” Hoffer said. “We want the public to understand how home fire sprinklers work and why they are vital in protecting residents and first responders. We hope to someday see a day when every new home built in Illinois and nationwide is protected with home fire sprinklers.”

For a list of Illinois towns and fire districts protected with home fire sprinklers visit: https://homelifesafety.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/NIFSAB-13D-Ordinance-Towns-B.pdf

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2020-05-14T16:37:15-05:00May 14th, 2020|Comments Off on Illinois Joins Nationwide Virtual Campaign to Address Home Fire Problem

Home Fire Sprinkler Week is Going Virtual! Fill the Digital World with Life Safety Messages May 17-23

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Watch this video!
Home Fire Sprinkler Week with Lorraine Carli, HFSC President

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative are virtually uniting the fire service throughout North America around a full week of home fire sprinkler education during their third annual Home Fire Sprinkler Week, May 17-23.

The purpose of the weeklong campaign is to increase awareness around the problem of home fires and the solution from life-saving home fire sprinklers.

Participating in the campaign is simple, Start at the HFSC website. Each day there is a different theme. You can choose from videos and/or graphics which can be posted on your website and through social media. Sample text for each post is also provided.

In the middle of the week, May 20, 10 a.m. Central, Firehouse magazine is hosting a 20-minute Facebook live event featuring U.S. Fire Administrator Chief Keith Bryant, IAFC President Chief Gary Ludwig and NFPA President Jim Pauley. In addition to the life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers to residents, these leaders will address the role of fire sprinklers and protecting firefighters health and safety and why fire sprinklers are part of a comprehensive Community Risk Reduction plan.

The last two years, national media events were held and more than 30 states and Canadian provinces participated. Most of the events featured live side-by-side demonstrations as a part of their department’s fire sprinkler message.

According to Erik Hoffer, NIFSAB Executive Director, the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition has conducted successful events that have recognized fire districts and municipalities that adopted ordinances requiring fire sprinklers in new homes. In addition to conducting demonstrations, various demonstration trailers were on display to promote the free resources available for use by fire departments.

“This year, we were looking forward to working with HFSC and NFPA, hosting the national media event and welcoming the fire service leaders to the Chicago area,” Hoffer said. “As with our daily life, we have had to adapt the event to the COVID-19 pandemic Rather than hosting a physical event, we are glad to support the campaign in a virtual format instead of cancelling it.”

Recent news coverage has shown that stay at home mandates are in a direct correlation with an increase in home cooking fires. This emphasizes the importance of the need to educate about fire safety, including fire sprinklers in new homes.

“While there may be little or no new construction during this crisis, now is a good time to educate all stakeholders about the vital role home fire sprinklers play in protecting residents, firefighters and communities,” Hoffer said. “We encourage members of the fire service, advocates and the fire sprinkler industry to get involved with this campaign. Let’s flood social media and the Internet with facts about home fire sprinklers during the week of May 17 – 23!”

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2020-05-08T17:37:55-05:00May 8th, 2020|Comments Off on Home Fire Sprinkler Week is Going Virtual! Fill the Digital World with Life Safety Messages May 17-23

Neglecting idle facilities amid COVID-19 will cost companies dearly, warns commercial property insurer FM Global

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JOHNSTON, RI (April 7, 2020) —As distracted corporate executives close offices, plants and warehouses to reduce COVID-19 spread, other worrisome risks are emerging at these now-idle facilities, warns FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, whose clients include one of every three Fortune 1000 companies.

In addition to fires, vandalism and theft, spring flood season is beginning in the U.S., and hurricane season starts in a mere two months, leaving understaffed facilities potentially vulnerable. Additionally, earthquakes and tornadoes have continued to occur during the pandemic, as the U.S. has seen recently.

“Any of these events could delay a company’s rebound when the pandemic wanes, causing irreparable financial harm such as lost revenue, market share and reputational damage,” says Kevin Ingram, executive vice president, chief financial officer, FM Global. “Countless companies across many industries have paused operations around the world in what has been billed as the biggest factory shutdown since World War II, and more closings are expected.”

FM Global believes losses at idle properties are preventable and recommends companies ensure the following needs are addressed, while prioritizing employee health and safety, to help protect their facilities as the crisis unfolds:

Essential personnel – Contact authorities and explain that security and maintenance personnel on your site are “essential” in the context of stay-at-home orders.

Active security – Maintain staff to perform regular daily rounds inside and outside idle facilities. Watch for criminal activity, smoke, fire or property damage. Consider webcams and sensors to detect out-of-the-ordinary motion, heat or water flow.

Fire protection – It’s important to keep fire protection in place. Have maintenance staff check weekly to ensure sprinkler valves are locked open. Remove debris and ignitable liquids, and closely monitor any welding or other “hot work” taking place on the property. Alert the local fire department of the building’s change in use.

Flood protection – Water damage, among the biggest threats to commercial and industrial property, is a growing risk as sea levels and population density rise. Elevate equipment and equip your property with temporary or permanent flood barriers.

Maintenance – This is an ideal time to perform overdue maintenance, whether it’s repairing expensive machinery or fixing a small roof leak that, if untreated, could delay your reopening and return to profitability.

“It’s human nature to focus on the most sensational risk, in this case a terrible one that’s commanding attention around the globe,” adds Ingram. “Yet it’s important to remember that other serious risks haven’t gone away and continue to affect organizations’ resilience. Firms that stay vigilant are more likely to be the winners that get back to business at the earliest opportunity.”

About FM Global
Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three Fortune 1000 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.

FM Global Newsroom Article

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2020-04-20T14:51:52-05:00April 20th, 2020|Comments Off on Neglecting idle facilities amid COVID-19 will cost companies dearly, warns commercial property insurer FM Global

NFSA WORKS DILIGENTLY ON BEING “ESSENTIAL” DURING COVID-19 AND ON TAX INCENTIVES FOR THE FUTURE

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On March 25th, Congress passed the Coronavirus Stabilization Act of 2020. This legislation, which includes over $2 trillion in aid to combat both the virus and the negative economic impacts associated with social distancing, also includes a technical correction to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) that gives incentives to corporations that retrofit their businesses with fire sprinkler systems.

“Words cannot express the level of dedication that is at work across our nation from family-owned businesses that are ensuring fire & life safety are not compromised in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis that is our new normal,” states NFSA President Shane Ray. “I am in awe of those who are serving on the front lines during this crisis, from first responders (fire, EMS, and police, as well as health professionals) to our members ensuring that fire sprinkler systems are not compromised during this unprecedented national crisis.”

One of the provisions of the TCJA was intended to provide accelerated depreciation for what are known as real estate qualified improvement properties (QIP). Real estate qualified improvement property is defined as any improvement to an interior portion of a nonresidential building that’s placed in service after the date the building is first placed in service. In other words, it applies to all building upgrades and retrofits, with the exception of enlarging the existing building or installing an elevator or escalator. This definition includes fire sprinklers retrofits and would mandate a 15-year depreciation schedule for fire sprinklers and also make them eligible for bonus depreciation.

“This is a big win for our industry because we have been pushing since 2003 and the tragedy of the Station Night Club fire that claimed 100 lives and left over 200 with burn injuries” added NFSA President Shane Ray, who went on to say. “We have been educating and advocating for nearly two decades for incentives and we will continue to make our point that a fire sprinkler system is not a plumbing system and shouldn’t be treated as such in the tax code, as it is certainly not treated the same in the building and fire codes across the country and around the world.”

In the case of bonus depreciation, this would allow fire sprinklers to be depreciated over the next 10 years, even quicker than the 15-year schedule. After 10 years, fire sprinklers would permanently revert to the 15-year schedule. This is an enormous improvement over the legacy 39-year depreciation schedule for fire sprinklers in commercial buildings. Most importantly, it removes what is probably the single biggest hindrance property owners and local elected officials are faced with when deciding to either install sprinklers or mandate them – cost.

Unfortunately, due to a legislative drafting error, real estate qualified improvement property was not included in the list of 15-year properties, even though Congress clearly intended it to be. Since 2018, NFSA has worked diligently with our partners in both the fire service and building and construction industries to correct this error.

In the past two weeks, NFSA has been working to help its members respond to the coronavirus pandemic, with most responses directed at the state level regarding essential services. NFSA has also launched online training classes in response to most states passing shelter in place laws. You can access these resources by visiting www.nfsa.org/covid-19/ .

“As an NFSA member and Board Chair, I would like to thank NFSA members and staff who have worked so hard for the fire sprinkler industry,” added Kent Mezaros, NFSA Board Chair. “From responding to local, state and federal impacts of COVID-19, to this national effort that will see countless numbers of high-rise commercial buildings realize incentives to retrofit with fire sprinklers, NFSA has a made a difference for us all. I would encourage fire sprinkler industry companies who are not members of this association, to consider becoming one. You will see the member value immediately.”

NFSA’s mission is “To protect lives and property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.” NFSA wants to create a more fire safe world and works to heighten the awareness of the importance of fire sprinkler systems from homes to high-rise and all occupancies in between. The Association is an inclusive organization made up of dedicated and committed members of a progressive life-saving industry. This industry manufactures, designs, supplies, installs, inspects, and services the world’s most effective system in saving lives and property from uncontrolled structural fires. For more information about the National Fire Sprinkler Association, follow us via our social media presence on Twitter (@NFSAorg), Linked In (National Fire Sprinkler Association), and Facebook (National Fire Sprinkler Association).

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2020-03-30T12:45:24-05:00March 30th, 2020|Comments Off on NFSA WORKS DILIGENTLY ON BEING “ESSENTIAL” DURING COVID-19 AND ON TAX INCENTIVES FOR THE FUTURE

Nominations now being accepted for NFPA, HFSC Bringing Safety Home Award

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DEADLINE: April 3, 2020

March 25, 2020 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) are accepting nominations for their Bringing Safety Home Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts by a safety advocate who diligently promotes the importance of home fire sprinklers.

The Bringing Safety Home Award honors members of the fire service and other fire sprinkler advocates in North America who use HFSC educational material, NFPA data, and NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources to educate decision-makers on home fire sprinklers. These efforts are aimed at educating the public and policy makers to increase the use of home fire sprinklers in new homes. The award winner will receive a $1,000 grant to further fire sprinkler advocacy and educational efforts in their area.

“This year, many communities have successfully taken steps to get fire sprinklers in new homes,” says Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy and HFSC president. “We are progressively seeing more and more jurisdictions embracing this technology thanks to the dedication of fire sprinkler advocates who educate on the life-saving ability of fire sprinklers. These passionate safety advocates are effectively showing the life-saving benefits of fire sprinklers and they should be a necessity in all new homes to protect citizens and first responders alike.”

According to NFPA research, the risk of dying in a reported home fire is 85 percent lower if sprinklers are present.

Visit NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative website for more information. NFPA and HFSC are accepting nominations at Bringing Safety Home Award Form through April 3, 2020.

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2020-03-27T14:57:09-05:00March 27th, 2020|Comments Off on Nominations now being accepted for NFPA, HFSC Bringing Safety Home Award

NFPA issues guidance to government officials on fire protection and life safety systems regardless of occupancy status

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March 24, 2020 – As government officials on all levels across the globe issue travel directives and ask non-essential employees to work remotely during the pandemic, once fully occupied buildings are near vacant or dramatically underused. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a global leader in fire, life and electrical safety, urged officials to ensure that fire protection and life safety systems be maintained in all commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings throughout this global pandemic. They further urge that the personnel and vendors that service those systems be deemed essential.

“While communities are rightly focused on dealing with the pandemic, we cannot put additional strain to our overburdened emergency response capabilities, by not ensuring buildings are protected with the very equipment that saves lives and property,” said NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley. Pauley said, “First responders rely on commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings in their communities to have a full array of fire and life safety systems such as working fire detection, alarms and sprinkler systems.”

In order to avoid exacerbating the current environment by compromising fire and life safety, and leaving buildings vulnerable to vandalism, NFPA recommended the following key items:

  • All commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings should maintain fully operational fire and life safety systems as required by the applicable codes and standards.
  • Those responsible for these buildings should adhere to the expected schedules for inspection, testing, and maintenance that are vital to their operation. If they are unable to do so, they should contact their local authority having jurisdiction.
  • Public and private employees who perform the inspection, maintenance and other responsibilities for these systems should be deemed essential workers.

The full guidance also contained information related to health care facilities, buildings under construction and emergency power systems.  “By all accounts we still have a long way to go before we are able to return to some sense of normalcy,” said Pauley. “The need for buildings to be safe and the systems within them to be operational is and will continue to be critical to public and first responder safety.”

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

Contact: Lorraine Carli, Public Affairs Office: +1 617 984-7275

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2020-03-27T12:38:26-05:00March 27th, 2020|Comments Off on NFPA issues guidance to government officials on fire protection and life safety systems regardless of occupancy status

Fire Sprinklers 101 Class – April 24 – POSTPONED

Due to the growing restrictions  regarding COVID-19, the Fire Sprinklers 101 class is postponed until a later date.

Date:  Friday, April 24, 2020
Time:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place:  Plainfield Fire Protection District HQ
23748 W. 135th Street, Plainfield, IL

Instructor:  Ron Ritchey, Great Lakes Field Services Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association

Introduction to Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

This full-day class is great for new inspectors and those that need a refresher. It covers the following:
• Basic types of sprinklers
• How various sprinkler systems operate
• Types and classes of standpipe systems and how they operate
• Types of fire pumps and how they operate
• Overview of inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM)
Overview of what all firefighters should know about these various systems both pre- and post-fire events

The class will immediately follow the regular Illinois Fire Inspectors Association meeting. Sign-in for the meeting and class begins at 8:00 AM.

Continental breakfast and a boxed lunch will be provided.

Certificates will be issued for OSFM CEUs and ICC contact hours.

COST: $10.00/person

Please register at http://tiny.cc/ifia-sprinklers101
by April 20.

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2020-03-17T09:14:10-05:00March 11th, 2020|Comments Off on Fire Sprinklers 101 Class – April 24 – POSTPONED

Fire Sprinkler Saves (Spring Edition 2020)

May 2020

Fire Sprinklers Stop a Fire From Spreading in Boutique in Frankfort

Dressing Room Frankfort Fire

FRANKFORT, IL (May 20, 2020) – Three fire sprinklers activated keeping a fire from spreading in The Dressing Room, a boutique located in Crowne Centre Shopping Plaza, a two-story building with 17 units, located in the 9600 block of Lincoln Way Lane.

Responding to an alarm at 7:44 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, fire crews arrived at the scene at 7:49 p.m. Upon entering the unit, crews saw that the fire alarm and fire sprinklers activated. Firefighters extinguished the remaining flames. The store was unoccupied and no one was injured.

According to a report from the district, the rapid response to this fire can be attributed to the fire alarm system providing early notification and the sprinkler system keeping the fire contained until firefighters could extinguish it.

The Dressing Room’s Facebook page said that the business owner moved most of her merchandise from another store to create a “distribution center” so it would be more convenient to fulfill orders during COVID-19.

The Mokena Fire Protection District was assisted by the Frankfort, New Lenox and Homer Township fire protection districts.

The cause of the fire was accidental.

Source:  Frankfort Patch and The Dressing Room Facebook page

April 2020

Fire Sprinkler Extinguished Laundry Cart Fire at Integrity Healthcare

BELLEVILLE, IL (April 27, 2020) – A single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire at Integrity Healthcare of Belleville, April 27. The Belleville Fire Department responded to a call of a smoldering smell in the laundry room at 9:01 p.m. Upon arrival, fire crews found that a fire sprinkler activated above a laundry cart. The facility provides skilled nursing services for individuals diagnosed with mental illness disorders.

According to Assist. Chief J. P. Penet, Belleville Fire Department, the cause of the fire was determined to be from freshly laundered kitchen towels and mops that contained residual natural cooking oils. The heat from the dryer of the bundled towels and mops accelerated the breakdown of the oils causing a spontaneous ignition of the towels.

Ahern Fire Protection of St. Louis, Missouri was called by the facility to put the fire sprinkler system back in service.

There were no reported injuries, as the facility staff acted quickly to evacuate personnel and residents in the affected wing, and relocate others to adjacent wings, behind self-closing fire doors.

Belleville Photo #1 2020

Source: Assist. Chief J. P. Penet, Belleville Fire Department

 

Owner Expresses Gratitude After Sprinkler Extinguishes Chicago Warehouse Fire

CHICAGO, IL (April 25, 2020) – A single fire sprinkler quickly extinguished a fire at the Columbia Kraft Metals warehouse in Chicago, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

F.E. Moran Fire Protection responded to the service call from the owner of the company. The owner expressed gratitude for the high-performance fire sprinkler system and recognized how bad the fire could have been without it.

According to a statement from the F.E. Moran response team, it’s a great feeling when people understand the critical importance of fire protection services, but it’s just as important to understand that life itself should never be taken for granted.

Source: F.E. Moran Fire Protection

 

Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Apartment Kitchen Fire Protecting High Risk Residents

ELMHURST, IL (April 15, 2020) – A fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire at Greencastle Apartments in Elmhurst. When the Elmhurst Engine 1 arrived, they reported a fire sprinkler activated in the kitchen. The fire started on the stove and spread to the cabinet before the sprinkler extinguished the fire.

Greencastle Apartments is a seven story, 80-unit building for residents over the age of 62 or for people with disabilities. Two residents were in the apartment and refused medical treatment.

According to a statement from the Elmhurst Fire Department, the fire was contained to the unit with minimal water damage. The incident could have been much worse if the building was not protected with fire sprinklers. The fire department was alerted by the activation of the sprinkler system.

Source:  Deputy Fire Chief Bill Anaszewicz, Elmhurst Fire Department

 

Fire Sprinklers Stop a Fire from Spreading at Chicago UPS Facility

CHICAGO, IL (April 10, 2020) – Fire sprinklers kept a fire from spreading at the UPS facility located at 1400 South Jefferson in Chicago, April 10, at midnight. The cause of the fire appeared to be a spark from a conveyor that landed on a cardboard surface.

According to F.E. Moran, the sprinkler contractor that has completed inspection, testing and maintenance at the UPS facility for more than a decade, the system engaged with quick action.

No injuries were reported.

UPS Facility Save 4/10/20

Source: F.E. Moran Fire Protection

 

An Apartment Fire Was Kept From Spreading By a Single Fire Sprinkler

BLOOMINGTON, IL (April 2, 2020) – A fire sprinkler contained a fire to one room in an apartment on the fifth floor of the Phoenix Towers in Bloomington Wednesday night. People living in the complex are elderly and people with disabilities, those at higher risk of being injured in a fire. A woman who lived in the affected unit was injured but the fire was contained to its area of origin and did not spread.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and damage estimates are unknown.

Source: 25 News Week.com / The Pantagraph

March 2020

Restaurant Stays Open for Business After Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Trash Fire

O’FALLON, IL (March, 2020) – A single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in a kitchen trash can at Bella Milano restaurant in O’Fallon after kitchen staff were unable to put it out.

According to NFSA member Dan Love, Boyer Fire Protection, the fire department shut down and drained the fire sprinkler system and staff was able to clean the kitchen before he arrived.

“You could not even tell there had been a fire,” Love said. No injuries were reported.

Source: National Fire Sprinkler Association

 

Residents Safely Evacuate After Fire Sprinklers Control High-Rise Kitchen Fire

EVANSTON, IL (March 7, 2020) – Fire sprinklers contained a fire in a kitchen on the 11th floor of the 24-story Park Evanston apartment tower at 1630 Chicago Avenue. The fire started shortly after 7 p.m. Fire crews extinguished the fire. Occupants safely evacuated. No injuries were reported.

Source: Evanston Now and Chicago Sun Times

 

Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Fire at Distribution Center

OGLESBY, IL (March 6, 2020) – Fire sprinklers extinguished an early morning fire at Advantage Logistics, a distribution center on Mallik Road in Oglesby Friday. A forklift caught fire while being charged. There were no injuries.

As a precaution a mutual aid request was put out to Peru, Tonica and Utica Fire Departments.

Source: LCBC Radio

2020-05-27T09:41:49-05:00March 3rd, 2020|Comments Off on Fire Sprinkler Saves (Spring Edition 2020)