According to a recent news report, an electrical short in a faulty blender was believed to have started the fire that quickly spread to the countertop. The apartment's sprinkler system activated and doused the flames before it spread to the walls. By the time firefighters from Ashland Fire & Rescue responded, the fire had been contained.
"This was an eight-unit residential facility," said Ashland Fire Chief John Karns. "We could have had a fire that damaged all eight units. It's exactly why we're trying to promote residential sprinklers."
Karns isn't the only Oregonian who's pro-sprinkler. The Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition joins key stakeholders to address and overcome barriers to residential sprinkler requirements while educating the public on its benefits. Check out NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site for an array of tools and resources that showcase sprinkler system benefits.