Successful Activations (Fall/Winter 2015 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   October 2015  

The Buckingham High-Rise Chicago Fire Department

One fire sprinkler controlled a kitchen fire in a unit of the 22-story, off-campus high-rise for students. Unnamed source  

Kroger Bloomington Fire Department

The fire sprinkler system put out a fire that occurred in the manager’s office of the grocery store before the store opening. The store was able to reopen later the same day. A Kroger spokesperson said there was no damage. WJBC-AM  

Riverside Apartments Rockford Fire Department

Due to the quick response of the fire sprinkler system, no one was hurt in a fire at the 10-unit apartment building. The sprinkler system allowed residents to safely as escape as it controlled the fire, which began when a resident fell asleep with food cooking on a stovetop. Sprinklers saved another apartment building in the same complex in July 2015. Read the full story Rockford Register Star  

BoxPartners.com Elgin Fire Department

A fire sprinkler system held a fire at bay until fire crews arrived at the shipping and storage box seller’s warehouse . No one was injured, damage was limited to $25,000, and the business was able to reopen. Chief Fahy stated, “This had the potential to be tragic if not for the sprinkler system working properly.” Elgin Fire Department news release  

University Court Apartments – Cooper Building Charleston Fire Department

The fire sprinkler system in the on-campus Eastern Illinois University apartment building put out a grease fire in a kitchen of one of the units. All residents, except those in the affected apartment, were able to return to their apartments within an hour. Kelly Miller, associate director of housing and dining at EIU, said there was not much physical damage and the fire sprinklers worked as intended. The Daily Eastern News   September 2015  

Zion Development Apartment Complex Rockford Fire Department

The fire sprinkler system in the apartment building controlled a grease fire in the kitchen of a fifth-floor unit. No one was injured. Rockford Register Star  

One Main Place Decatur Fire Department

The fire sprinkler system in the building, which houses a restaurant and other commercial tenants, held a dryer fire in check in the basement laundry room until firefighters arrived to fully extinguish the fire. Herald & Review  

Eagle Wings Rantoul Fire Department

The fire sprinkler system in the industrial plant, which produces large welded sub-assemblies and stampings for chassis and suspensions systems in the automobile industry, contained a fire that began when embers in a filtration system caught filters on fire. The employees were safely evacuated and returned to the plant within 90 minutes. The fire did not cause any limitations in production. Rantoul Press  

Comfort Inn Des Plaines Fire Department

A single fire sprinkler contained a fire in the basement storage room of the hotel until fire crews arrived to fully extinguish the fire. Occupants safely escaped and were able to return to their rooms within 90 minutes. The hotel remained open following the fire. Damage was contained to some stored tables, chairs and other items, as well as electrical equipment. There was little structural damage and no one was injured. “This was another great save by an automatic fire sprinkler system,” said Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax. Des Plaines Journal   April 2015  

Gulick Hall – Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington Fire Department

A fire sprinkler system in the university building, which contains residences for 135 students and the Office of Residential Life, contained a fire that was caused by a faulty office copier. Students were safely evacuated from the upper-floor residences, but were able to return shortly thereafter. No one was injured. Pantagraph   December 2014  

Wildfire Steaks, Chops & Seafood Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District

In the afternoon on Christmas Day, the fire sprinkler system in the Lincolnshire restaurant controlled a kitchen fire until fire crews arrived. All occupants safely escaped and no one was injured. The restaurant reopened for business the following day. Daily Herald   November 2014  

Helia Healthcare of Champaign Champaign Fire Department

The fire sprinkler system in the nursing home helped control a fire that began due to a clothes dryer. No one was injured and residents were able to remain in the building. News-Gazette   April 2014  

G&K Services Rockford Fire Department

The building’s fire sprinkler system prevented the spread of a fire that began with several tractor trailers in the loading dock. WTVO-TV/WQRF-TV   December 2013  

Jewel Fox Lake Fire Protection District

One fire sprinkler in the cash room of the store put out a fire before firefighters got on scene. The store remained open that day. Thomas Preidis, Battalion Chief, Fox Lake Fire Protection District  

November 2013

 

Meadows Apartments Fox Lake Fire Protection District

A single fire sprinkler in the Lakemoor apartment building quickly extinguished a bedroom fire before fire crews arrived on scene. “One fire sprinkler saved the whole building from burning down and most of the family’s posessions were saved,” said Fox Lake Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Ed Lescher. Ed Lescher, Battalion Chief, Fox Lake Fire Protection District  ]]>

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Successful Activations (Fall 2012 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activation.

 

September 2012

 

Roosevelt School Apartments Decatur Fire Department

Fire sprinklers contained and extinguished a fire that began in a first-floor apartment unit when food was left cooking on the stove too long. No injuries were reported. “It was a small fire,” Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Abbott said, “and the fire sprinkler system (in the apartment) had extinguished it by the time we got there. All we had to do was turn off the sprinkler system valve and ventilate the apartment. It was a successful use of the sprinkler system.” Herald & Review  

August 2012

 

Single-Family Home Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company

A single fire sprinkler in a six-year-old home contained and extinguished a kitchen fire caused by a coffee maker that was too close to a gas stovetop, where a boiling pot of water was left unattended as the homeowners were in their backyard. Fire and smoke damage were kept to a minimum because of the fire sprinkler’s quick activation. The fire department estimated that thousands of dollars in damage were saved. See the entire Fire Sprinkler Times article about the successful activation. Donald Iacobazzi, Fire Investigator, Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company  

Tri Supply Company Loves Park Fire Department

The fire sprinkler system in the building contained a morning fire that began due to electrical problems in a box truck parked in the garage. No injuries were reported. Rockford Register Star  

Right Pointe DeKalb Fire Department

The concrete plant’s fire sprinkler system extinguished a fire before fire crews arrived. Daily Chronicle

Solo Cup Company Urbana Fire Department

Fire sprinklers helped contain a fire sparked by a malfunctioning machine that stamps out plastic cups at the factory. All workers were safely evacuated, no one was hurt, and there was no major damage. Production was expected to resume the following morning. News-Gazette  

July 2012

 

Commercial Building Lake Zurich Fire-Rescue

The fire sprinkler system in a partitioned 5,000-square-foot space of a larger commercial structure contained a fire that began with a malfunctioning laser-printing machine until fire crews arrived. There was no report of civilian or firefighter injuries. Terry Johnston, Captain, Lake Zurich Fire-Rescue  

June 2012

 

Bunge North America Bourbonnais Fire Protection District

Prior to firefighter arrival, one fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in a hopper used to collect waste products from the manufacturing process in the edible oils factory. Approximately $100,000 in damage was avoided. “The plant continued to operate, while only the area of the fire sprinkler activation was shut down,” said Bourbonnais Deputy Chief James Keener. James Keener, Deputy Chief, Bourbonnais Fire Protection District  

Nexeo Solutions Willow Springs Fire-Rescue

A single fire sprinkler at the chemical company’s warehouse extinguished a fire that began among wooden pallets and two drums of materials. “These systems are in place for this reason. I cannot find a better example of why we require fire alarms and sprinklers,” said Willow Springs Fire Chief Larry Moran. Oak Brook Suburban Life  

Wal-Mart Marion Fire Department

Fire sprinklers contained a grease fire in the store’s deli department. No one was hurt. WSIL-TV  

University of Illinois – Advanced Transportation & Research Engineering Laboratory Rantoul Fire Department

Fire sprinklers activated to contain a fire that ignited when people were mixing solvents and other chemicals in an aluminum container and heating it with an electric burner. Damage was estimated at only $10,000 and was largely limited to the single room. No injuries were reported. News-Gazette  

May 2012

 

Holiday Inn Express Rosemont Public Safety Department

The fire sprinkler system in the hotel activated to confine a fire to a maid’s closet and elevator area where it originated, keeping it from spreading to other floors. No injuries were reported. Rosemont Journal]]>

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