The Herald Citizen has reported an early morning fire at an apartment that was extinguished by the fire sprinkler in the kitchen. It could have been much worse, fire officials said, if not for the sprinkler system activation.
According to the report the man had stepped away from the stove, coming back to find it had caught fire. The man then put the pan in the sink where it flared up and activated the sprinkler system in the apartment. “It did its job,” Cookeville Fire Department (CFD) Captain Daryl Blair said. “That is just another case that shows sprinkler systems are very effective and do their job when activated.”
There was some water damage to the apartment, but no structural or burn damage. All four stations of the CFD responded, but when they arrived, all they had to do was make sure that the fire was out. The sprinkler had done the rest.
“It could have been a different scenario if there hadn’t been a sprinkler system,” Blair said. “But all that had to be done was to have the maintenance people come in, change the sprinkler head out, recharge the system and things were back in order.”