Julie Frasure, co-chair of the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition, forwarded us a great sprinkler save that showcases the power of these devices (and a post-holiday reminder that dried-out Christmas trees are a significant fire hazard).
Last month, the Santa Monica Fire Department made entry into a residence with a reported fire via its second-story balcony. Several factors caused the fire, including a dry, non-watered tree and a possible short in the string of decorative lights, according to a news release by the fire department. A resident suffered second-degree burns while attempting to move the burning tree to the building's exterior.
What limited structural damage, per the release, was an "aggressive attack" by firefighters and the residence's fire sprinklers. "This fire represents the need and exemplary use of fire sprinklers as they controlled the fire until firefighters arrived," stated the release. No firefighters were injured during their response.
Looking for additional examples of sprinklers in action? Download NFPA's popular report "Sprinkler Successes in One- and Two-Family Homes and Apartments."