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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

2021-11-19T15:15:42-06:00November 17th, 2021|Comments Off on Fire Sprinkler Contains Hotel Entrance Fire

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

2021-11-22T13:51:33-06:00November 11th, 2021|Comments Off on Fire Sprinkler Contains Hotel Room Fire

Village of Bloomingdale Becomes One of the Latest Illinois Communities to Require Fire Sprinklers In All New Homes

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The Village of Bloomingdale recently upgraded its code to the 2018 International Residential Code, which includes installing fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes.

Building Commissioner Mike Gricus played a vital role in making sure village board members understood the importance of home fire sprinklers during the process of adopting the code. “They are well informed and safety is important to them,” Gricus said.  “That is why we upgrade our codes every three years. For years, all commercial buildings, regardless of size, had to be protected with fire sprinklers. It is satisfying to know that Bloomingdale adopted a code that now protects our residents in their homes.”

Prior to the code upgrade, the village worked with Pulte Homes, offering a trade up to encourage fire sprinkler installations. By installing fire sprinklers in their townhomes, the firewalls could be rated for two hours of protection instead of three, which allowed Pulte to save on construction costs.

Erik Hoffer, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), said the code upgrade is a win-win for the community and firefighters alike. “In addition to protecting their residents for generations to come, protecting all buildings, both commercial and residential, will address the growing national concern for firefighter health and safety in regard to carcinogen exposure from fires,” Hoffer said.

According to NIFSAB, there are now more than 110 municipalities and fire protection districts in Illinois that require fire sprinklers in all new construction, regardless of building type, through the adoption of ordinances and national model codes provided by the International Code Council and the NFPA.

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2021-11-12T08:00:54-06:00November 10th, 2021|Comments Off on Village of Bloomingdale Becomes One of the Latest Illinois Communities to Require Fire Sprinklers In All New Homes

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

2021-11-10T08:52:25-06:00November 5th, 2021|Comments Off on Fire Sprinkler Contains Middle School Fire

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

2021-11-05T17:15:45-05:00October 23rd, 2021|Comments Off on Fire Sprinkler Contains Apartment Bedroom Fire

Tinley Park Offers Valuable Grant Program to Help Local Businesses Improve Safety in Older Downtown Buildings

Tinley Park, IL – In an effort to  assure the long-term viability of the community and improve the safety of its older buildings, the village of Tinley Park offers its Downtown Tinley Grant Program to help achieve a signature downtown to benefit all who use it.

Part of this program, launched in 2018, is the Code Compliance Grant. Its primary purpose is to incentivize property owners of older buildings to install fire protection systems, such as fire alarms and fire sprinklers, and to meet accessibility code requirements.  The program offers property owners a matching grant of 50 percent of the cost to make these improvements up to a maximum of $35,000.  Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on available funds and grantee eligibility. Since the program rolled out, the Village has awarded a total of seven code compliant grants totaling $172,752 in assistance.

This program aims to improve the safety of downtown Tinley Park buildings that were built before 2007. In addition to life safety, the benefits of increasing built-in fire protection and meeting accessibility code requirements includes higher property values and enhanced economic viability of older downtown structures.

Priscilla Cordero who was the Tinley Park Business Development Manager at the time the program was implemented is proud of the program. “Number one, it shows that the village is committed to life-safety issues and keeping our businesses healthy and our residents safe,” she says, noting that Tinley Park is business-friendly. Cordero points out that in many towns and cities, older buildings that are not in compliance may have a requirement to be updated with the owner needing to pay for it fully out of pocket. “In Tinley Park, we’re helping,” she says.

According to Tinley Park  Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Dan Riordan, this grant has great potential to improve public safety.

“In addition to life safety, one of the reasons for promoting fire sprinkler protection is because the buildings are so close together,” Riordan says, underscoring the value of installed automatic sprinklers included in the Code Compliance Grant funding opportunity. “When downtown areas were put together a hundred years ago or so, everything had to be close together. That’s just the way it was. So a fire in a building that gets out of control could easily spread to a building next to it. That could affect not only the building where the fire is but also the building next door as well.”

To be eligible, applicants must be located along a public street in the Tinley Park Legacy District. This grant is only for code compliance improvements; related design costs are not eligible for funds. Information and applications materials are available on Tinley Park’s website.

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2021-11-04T15:17:18-05:00October 21st, 2021|Comments Off on Tinley Park Offers Valuable Grant Program to Help Local Businesses Improve Safety in Older Downtown Buildings

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

2021-10-21T17:39:41-05:00October 17th, 2021|Comments Off on Fire Sprinklers Stop Fire From Spreading in Large Manufacturing Plant

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

2021-10-19T09:04:41-05:00October 6th, 2021|Comments Off on Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Utility Closet Fire

Bloomingdale Fire Protection District Requires Fire Sprinklers In All New Homes

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Bloomingdale FPD Board: (left to right); Gary Kostal, Fire Marshal; Tim Deutschle, President; Matthew Beyer, Fire Chief; Robert Gaseor, Treasurer; William Wolff, Secretary and Richard Kurka, Deputy Fire Chief.

In an effort to protect their residents and first responders from the dangers of house fires, the Bloomingdale Fire Protection District (BFPD) adopted an NFPA 13D fire sprinkler ordinance for all new one- and two-family homes located in the unincorporated areas of the fire district.

The fire district trustees adopted the ordinance last October after thorough research, education and discussion. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fire sprinklers reduce the risk of death and injury in a home fire by 80 percent and the average fire loss is reduced by about 70 percent. The decision was also made because many homes in the unincorporated areas have water supply issues.

Support from the leadership was very important. Deputy Chief Richard Kurka, who was acting chief and the new chief, Matthew Beyer supported every step of the process and made sure all stakeholders were informed.

Over the years, NIFSAB provided resources and worked with the district to conduct fire and sprinkler side-by-side burn demonstrations. According to Fire Marshal Gary Kostal, the burn demonstrations were an effective way to educate the public about the dangers of home fires.

“People think they are safe in their homes, they don’t realize how quickly a house fire can become deadly,” Kostal said. “The demonstrations helped them understand flashover and how effective home fire sprinklers are at keeping the fire from becoming deadly. Just as other safety features have evolved in our lives, home fire sprinklers will one day be the standard for all new homes,” he added.

Kostal also learned from other members of the service who had been through the process to adopt and/or enforce a home fire sprinkler ordinance. He spent two days with Scott Neil, senior fire inspector for Hoffman Estates Fire Department, performing inspections of fire sprinklers in homes under construction. This allowed him to see what the systems looked like in various homes and understand proper installations.

He also reached out to other area fire districts that had adopted home fire sprinkler ordinances for their unincorporated areas. Battalion Chief Doug Mulford from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District provided Kostal with a copy of their ordinance and his insight into the code adoption process.

“Kudos to the Bloomingdale Fire Protection District,” said Erik Hoffer, NIFSAB executive director. “The fire district did its homework and made sure all stakeholders and the public are informed and understand the impact fire can have on a community,” he said.

For Kostal, he states that the passing of this home fire sprinkler ordinance is “the greatest accomplishment” he has experience in his 45 years in the fire service.

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2021-09-27T14:48:33-05:00September 23rd, 2021|Comments Off on Bloomingdale Fire Protection District Requires Fire Sprinklers In All New Homes

Fire Sprinkler Controls Fire at Lincoln-Way North High School

September 20, 2021
Frankfort, IL – A fire sprinkler stopped a fire from spreading in the basement of a high school building. The Frankfort Fire Protection district was dispatched for an automatic fire alarm. Crews encountered a burning odor when they entered the building. Several industrial batteries had malfunctioned and may have caused the fire. A single fire sprinkler controlled the fire until it could be extinguished. High levels of Hydrogen Sulfide, a byproduct of burning batteries, delayed extinguishment. After the area was ventilated, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. Estimated damage was $5,000 – $10,000.

Sources: Frankfort Fire Protection District release

2021-09-27T14:44:53-05:00September 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Fire Sprinkler Controls Fire at Lincoln-Way North High School