Novato Fire District reports that a single fire sprinkler activated and extinguished a fire in a clothes’ dryer at an apartment complex in the City of Novato, California. Firefighters completed extinguishment of the burning clothes inside the drum.
“The fire sprinkler made the initial stop of the fire’s progression, and our firefighters quickly overhauled the closet and the appliance and got the family back in their home,” said Battalion Chief Jeff Veliquette.
Residential fire sprinklers save lives and protect property. With wet-pipe sprinklers the fire death rate per 1,000 reported home structure fires was lower by 83% and the rate of property damage per reported home structure fire was lower by 69%
The fire damage to the combination washer dryer is approximately $1,500.00. The heat, smoke, and water damage to the structure was less than $500.00. The damage to the apartment complex could have been exceedingly more without the fire sprinklers.