Redwood City, CA - Damage from a fire at the Pacific
Euro Hotel last Thursday was only minor, thanks to a recently-installed
fire control sprinkler system. The fire was reported at
approximately 12:18 pm on February 28, when smoke was discovered
in the hotel, located at 868 Main Street in Redwood City.
Quick response and investigation by Redwood City fire fighters
determined that there was a stove-top fire in the kitchen
unit of one of the rooms. Fortunately, the fire control
sprinkler system had activated appropriately and put the
fire out before significant property damage, loss of business,
or possible injury or loss of life could occur.
a good example of how important it is to install and maintain
fire control sprinkler systems," said Louis Vella,
Administrative Chief/Fire Marshal of the Redwood City Fire
Department. "When the building was remodeled last year,
an up-to-date sprinkler system was installed, and I'd say
that system just paid for itself."
Last week's fire took place near the location of a seven-alarm
fire last summer in a building that did not have sprinklers.
That building was heavily damaged and is still closed while
repairs continue. This comparison serves to illustrate that
fire control sprinklers, when properly installed, inspected,
and maintained, will make a huge difference in the event
of a fire.
The City's Fire Prevention Bureau and Building Inspection
Department are responsible for ensuring that new buildings
and their fire control systems are adequate and up-to-date.
City inspections ensure that new buildings are not only
equipped with an appropriate fire control system, but also
that the design and construction serve to maximize fire
safety. Other items which contribute to fire safety in a
new building include the type of construction, fire-rated
wall, floor, and door materials, and the building's corridor
configuration (related to emergency exit). Through all of
these combined efforts, fire safety can be maximized.