After discovering a fire out of control in their kitchen, residents
of a Stillwater townhouse evacuated and called 911 at 2:20
am, March 28, 2002. Stillwater Fire responded and requested mutual
aid from Bayport Fire.
Upon arrival of the first engine at 2:28 am, water from just one
residential sprinkler head extinguished the fire. If not for
the fire sprinkler system, the fire would have grown and spread
rapidly before firefighter's arrival. Firefighters and
residents in all of the attached townhouses would have been endangered
more, and damage from fire, smoke and water
would have been substantially worse. Feasibly, all of the attached
townhouses could have been damaged or destroyed
by fire and smoke.
Because of the sprinkler system, total damage from fire, smoke
and water is estimated at $4,000, and residents were not
displaced from any dwelling unit in the building, including the
one that burned. The quick response of the sprinkler
proved again the value of such systems.
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