Ashland Fire & Rescue responded to the report of a fire sprinkler activation at the Snowberry Brook Apartments Tuesday, February 25, just after 1:00 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found that a kitchen fire had been controlled by an automatic fire sprinkler system. The fire appeared to have started near a small kitchen appliance. There was no one home at the time of the fire, but the fire sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading beyond the kitchen. There are eight units in the building, and residents were able to return to their undamaged apartments after the incident.
In homes and apartments with residential fire sprinkler systems and working smoke alarms, the chance of surviving a fire is increased by 80%. Fire sprinklers even reduce firefighter injuries by 60%. (NFPA) Fires in apartments without a residential fire sprinkler system commonly involve an entire room or more, most belongings are not salvageable, and frequently the fire displaces other residents in the complex.
For more information about home fire sprinkler systems, visit www.homefiresprinkler.org