Arson forces evacuation of elderly
Written By Leon Thompson
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Housing site fire set in entryway
ST. ALBANS CITY –– A sprinkler system late Tuesday night partially doused a suspicious fire that posed significant
harm to dozens of elderly people here, according to Fire Chief Joe Beaudry.
Approximately 40 residents of Lake Street Housing, a senior complex that was created
from a former Holy Angels Catholic Church building, were evacuated to the parish center until 1 a.m., two hours after the
small fire broke out.
St. Albans City Police said that at 11 p.m., a small, suspicious fire
was set in the first-floor entryway. The sprinkler system extinguished most of the fire, but authorities decided to evacuate
residents on the first and second floors, as well as some from the third and fourth floors. Some residents stayed inside.
“This shows the importance of why we need sprinkler systems in our businesses and private
homes,” Beaudry said this morning.
No one was injured, but there was a lot of smoke, Beaudry
said. One resident used a fire extinguisher on the blaze.
Damage was minimal and listed at under
$1,000, but some residual effects lingered through the night. “You’re going to have some smoke odor,” Beaudry
said of the aftermath of the blaze.
City and town firefighters responded to the scene, as did
AmCare Ambulance Service. Beaudry said firefighters tried to vacuum up as much water as they could from the soaked carpets.
He was meeting with the property manager today.
Firefighters started clearing the scene around
2 a.m. St. Albans City police detectives have launched an investigation with a Vermont State Police fire investigator.
“It’s very unsettling to have a fire like that in a building like that, where you have
that many people in a building,” Beaudry said today.
St. Albans City Police today asked
anyone with information or who may have seen anything to contact the Arson Tip Program at 1-800-32-Arson, or the police department
SIOUX CITY, Iowa. (KTIV) - It's a scary figure, but every year around 3000 people die in housefires across the nation.
a time we talk about the common leading causes of fire. Eighty percent of all fires are in the home, where people feel the
safest," said Chuck Hirsch, Sioux City Fire Marshall
Sunday kicks off fire prevention week all across Sioux City,
its purpose is teaching people about fire safety. To do this, for the first time ever in Sioux City, the fire department
held a demonstration with two different rooms, one with and one without a sprinkler, and set them both a blaze.
shows people how quickly a fire spreads and how it gets out of control. Two to three minutes your whole living room can be
fully involved in flames. That's not a lot of time," said Joe Rodriguez, Sioux City Fire Department.
In fact, in
only a minute and a half, the room without a sprinkler burned up, reaching 1100 degrees, destroying the entire structure.
The sprinkler saved the other after only ten seconds.
"I learned that if you don't have a sprinkler in your house
it will burn faster," said Caleb Crum, Sioux City.
"The fire gets put out faster, so you have more of a chance
at living," said Jon Walker, Sioux City.
"If your clothes are on fire, stop what you're doing, drop
A lesson fueled through hands on activities, like spraying a fire hose, touring a fire truck and even
dressing up like a firefighter.
NFPA urges advocates to take action
next month's ICC code development hearings in Baltimore, home fire sprinkler opponents will be pushing to remove requirements for residential fire sprinklers for new one- and two-family
homes from the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC).
Several anti-sprinkler proposals have been submitted to the
ICC. See pages 96-100 of proposed changes to ICC documents, as well as NFPA's comments on these proposals (PDF, 58 KB).
Some sprinkler opponents are spreading misinformation about the need, cost, and effectiveness of this life-saving technology. The fact is that home fire sprinklers save lives
and protect property from destruction by responding quickly and effectively to the presence of a nearby fire. In fact, the
risk of dying decreases by about 80% when sprinklers are present. Sprinklers also reduce the average property loss by about
71% per fire.
If you're an ICC member, please make plans to attend the hearings in Baltimore and vote
"NO" on the anti-sprinkler proposals. There is no cost for ICC members to attend the hearings, but pre-registration is required.
Note that individuals who are "individual" members of ICC will be allowed to vote at the hearings. ICC membership information.
Sprinkler Puts Out Fire in Vermont Paper Warehouse
Sprinkler system stops fire in its tracks
Updated: 08.25.09More than a dozen fire fighters from four area fire departments responded to a fire alarm at the
newly-built Best Buy in Atascocita around 2:30 a.m. early Tuesday morning, Aug. 25.
Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department
Engine 39 was the first fire truck at the scene, said AVFD spokesman Bob Kelshaw, and found heavy smoke permeating the store.
"It is unclear at this time how the fire started," Kelshaw said. "The Harris County Fire Marshall's
Office is investigating."
There appeared to be no structural damage to the building, but Kelshaw said the
store suffered heavy smoke and water damage.
"The sprinkler system inside the store did its job well,"
Kelshaw said. "There were about two inches of water on the floor and a lot of smoke, but as it turned out, the actual
fire was pretty much out already when we arrived."
Sheldon, Ponderosa, Eastex and Houston fire departments
assisted. AVFD Engine 39 was supported by AVFD Ladder 19, Engine 19, Medic 19 and Rehab 19
Home sprinkler system proves its worth
Sprinkler Saves Ga. Assisted Living Residents
Sprinkler system at hostel praised by fire serviceA hostel in north Wales has been praised by fire officers for installing a sprinkler system.
Wales Fire and Rescue Service has revealed that the hostel on Berwyn Street, Llangollen, is one of only a few buildings of
its kind in the region to have fitted sprinklers as a fire safety measure.
When plans were drawn up for the conversion,
fire safety enforcement officer at the service Mike O'Meara met with the owners and architect to discuss the project.
Commenting on the sprinklers, Mr O'Meara said: "This additional safety measure will positively enhance the safety of
the guests should a fire occur."
Hostel co-owner Arlo Dennis said that he now has more peace of mind that
guests are safer because of the sprinklers and upgraded alarm system in place.
Automatic sprinkler systems are
an effective way of tackling a blaze and offer excellent reliability - when regularly tested and well maintained, said David
Tonkinson, sprinkler risk adviser at Aviva Risk Management Solutions.
He stated that systems with pump and
tank water supplies, when this advice is followed, can be more dependable than town's main fed systems which are susceptible
to reductions in mains pressures and flows.
GRAND FORKS, ND - An apartment fire that could've ended in tragedy.
Just after 4 a.m. Tuesday
morning, Grand Forks firefighters responded to a sprinkler alarm. Captain Kelli Flermoen says there was light smoke in
the hallway and police were evacuating tenants when they arrived.
The man had been sleeping. He was checked out
by ambulance personnel but not taken to the hospital.
Flermoen says the apartment did not have working smoke alarms
and if it hadn't been for the sprinkler system and the closed bedroom door, the fire could've been fatal.
Sprinkler saves seniors home: fire marshal
Sprinkler system saves another business from fire
Updated: 09.01.09The automatic fire sprinkler system has proven another save recently when a fire broke out in a
business last month.
Pasadena firefighters were dispatched in the late hours of Aug. 12 to a structure fire at
the Camin Cargo Control, Inc. in the 1800 block of Dabney.
"Upon their arrival, firefighters found that the
fire had been extinguished in a chemical lab by the activation of a single sprinkler head from the building's automatic fire
sprinkler system," said David Brannon, Pasadena fire marshal.
He said the fire originated in a trash can inside
the building and resulted in minimal damage to the business.
"Firefighters believe that without the actions
of the automatic sprinkler system, the fire would have been much worse," Brannon said.
Studies have shown
automatic fire sprinkler systems have over 100 years of proven performance in protecting life and property. Within the city
of Pasadena, automatic sprinkler systems are required in all new buildings over 12,000 square feet and in all new assembly
occupancies with an occupant load of 100 people or greater.
"With the fire sprinkler activating the way they
were designed potentially saved the business from much greater damage and saving the business owner a substantial amount of
money in reference to the damages that would have occurred if they wouldn't have activated effectively," Brannon said.
"As well as effectively protecting life and property."
He also said that the emergency responders, such
as the firefighters, don't have to enter an extremely hazardous environment when the sprinkler work properly.
are definitely happy to say that once again there is another success story of a sprinkler system working effectively and basically
functioning exactly the way they are designed," Brannon said.