Fire-sprinkler system does its job |

Fire-sprinkler system does its job

A fire in the garage of a three-story, custom Skyline Drive home that was ignited by stain-soaked rags was extinguished by a single sprinkler head with minimal water damage to the structure. And the incident serves example of value of installing fire sprinklers, officials said.

Firefighters from the Lake Valley Fire Protection District were called to the Skyline Drive home last Thursday at 10:15 p.m. for a report of a fire alarm. They found an extinguished fire in the garage. A single automatic sprinkler head mounted in the ceiling had activated and completely extinguished the blaze.

The fire was determined to be started by stain-soaked rags rolled up in a canvas tarp placed on a stack of wood inside the home’s three-car garage, said Gareth Harris, batallion chief for the Lake Valley Fire Protection District. It had the potential to spread quickly throughout the 5,000-square-foot home and possibly to the surrounding forest had it not been quickly extinguished, Harris said.

Contrary to myths, automatic sprinkler systems do not open up and drench the complete house in the event of a fire, according to the National Fire Protection Association. For details on automatic sprinkler systems or to schedule a free fire safety inspection, contact the Lake Valley Fire Protection District at (530) 577-3737.

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