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
September 18th, 2021 NILES, IL – A fire sprinkler controlled a fire caused by an overheated motor inside of the BBJ Linens warehouse. Firefighters walked into a white haze of smoke entering the building and found the sprinkler contained the fire to a small area. They sprayed down additional linens to ensure no errant embers from the blaze would reignite the fire.
“If the sprinkler system wasn’t in place, this could have been on the evening news,” said Niles Deputy Fire Chief Bob Greiner. “It could have been much worse.”
No injuries were reported. The warehouse was able to re-open the following business day.
September 14, 2021 PEORIA, IL – Fire sprinklers controlled a fire on the second floor of a Peoria furniture store. Crews from the Peoria Fire Department entered the building and found heavy smoke. Fire on the second floor activated the sprinklers, preventing the fire from spreading. No injuries were reported.
August 25, 2021 ALSIP, IL – A single fire sprinkler controlled a fire in a second story chemical room of a steel barrel manufacturing plant. The fire was caused when a heating element overheated. The fire sprinkler system was back in service within hours causing no loss of production. No injuries were reported.
August 10, 2021 HAMPSHIRE, IL – Fire sprinklers contained a fire at Elgiloy Specialty Metals manufacturing facility. The fire started after a motor malfunctioned and spread to two other motors. Four sprinklers activated and kept the fire from spreading. Firefighters from the Hampshire Fire Protection District extinguished the remaining fire upon arrival. An estimated $10 million in property damage was saved and no injuries were reported.
“The sprinkler system did its job, it contained the fire quickly and prevented any injuries. The business was back in operation the next day!” said Fire Chief Trevor Herrmann.
Source: Fire Chief Trevor Herrmann, Hampshire Fire Protection District
July 30, 2021 SKOKIE, IL – Fire sprinklers stopped a fire from spreading in a kitchen on the fifth floor of a high-rise building. The fire started after a resident left food unattended while cooking. The fire was contained to the kitchen. Approximately 140 people live in the 10-story building. No injuries were reported.
ADDISON, IL – Addison Fire Protection District responded to a fire alarm at an auto repair facility. Upon arrival, the crew found a car burning on top of a service rack. One sprinkler activated and held the fire in check until firefighters could lower the rack, remove the burning car and extinguish it. Minor damage and no injuries were reported.
Source: Addison Fire Protection District Facebook post.
July 4, 2021 PARK RIDGE, IL – One fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in a single-family home in Park Ridge. According to Fire Marshal Kevin Plach, Park Ridge Fire Department, the crew arrived at the home less than 4 minutes after the call. They found smoke and confirmed that a single fire sprinkler extinguished the fire.
According to Plach, the quick and effective response of the home fire sprinkler system stopped the fire from spreading. One resident was transported to the hospital with burns to his extremities. Damage was limited to the area of the fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature.
Park Ridge passed an ordinance in 2001 requiring all new homes to be protected with fire sprinklers.
Source: Fire Sprinkler Save Report submitted by. LT. Kevin Plach, Fire Marshal, Park Ridge Fire Department
Dave Burdick2021-07-07T13:56:21-05:00July 7th, 2021|Comments Off on Fire Sprinkler Saves (Summer 2021 Edition)
Orland Park, IL (Sept. 15, 2020) – Six people were injured and one pet died after a fire broke out just after midnight on the 32nd floor of the 400 East Randolph residential high-rise building in Chicago. The 40-story condominium building is not protected with fire sprinklers.
In Chicago, all new high-rises built after 1975 have been required to install fire sprinklers. Older residential high-rises were required to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers or use less effective, passive fire prevention measures in order to pass the city’s Life Safety Evaluation (LSE) deadline of January 1, 2015. The 400 East Randolph high-rise chose to comply with the city’s Life Safety Evaluation without installing fire sprinklers, leading to the events in this morning’s fire.
“Many people would be surprised that there are hundreds of residential high-rise buildings in Chicago that are not protected with fire sprinklers, yet these buildings comply with the city’s LSE requirements,” said Erik Hoffer, executive director, Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB). “High-rise buildings are already high-risk in nature, especially for the elderly and people with disabilities. Not having an active fire suppression system adds to the danger.”
“If fire sprinklers were present, this wouldn’t have been a news story. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire would have activated, keeping the fire small or putting it out, and allowing people and their pets to safely escape. The damage would have been minimal,” Hoffer added.
About the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB)
NIFSAB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting progressive legislation, raising public awareness, and educating code officials and governmental policy makers by demonstrating the proven performance of fire sprinklers in saving both lives and property. For more information, visit www.highriselifesafety.com.
Dave Burdick2020-10-30T08:50:25-05:00September 16th, 2020|Comments Off on No Fire Sprinkler Protection in Chicago High-Rise Fire That Injured Six