An automatic fire sprinkler stopped a fire from spreading after it was started by a welder’s torch early Thursday afternoon. Damage was minimal. The incident was ruled accidental.
Fire dispatchers were notified at 1:25 p.m. by an alarm company that the automatic fire sprinkler system at the Store N Lock at 3350 Sirius Ave. had been activated. When firefighters arrived smoke was showing from one unit of a one story metal building. Firefighters forced open the locked unit and found some items stored in the unit were on fire but was put out by the fire sprinkler. Damage was confined to the one unit; damage was estimated at $1,000.
Fire investigators determined that a worker was using a welder’s torch in the next unit which was vacant. The worker was using the torch to make repairs to the metal wall inside the vacant unit. The metal wall got hot and heated the items on the other side of the wall in the unit where the fire started.
If not for the fire sprinkler, the fire could have quickly got out of control and caused extensive damage. The system not only set off the fire sprinkler, it also alerted firefighters who arrived quickly and made sure the fire was out.
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