September 2011

Rockford Supportive Living (High-Rise) Rockford Fire Department

Before fire sprinklers even arrived on scene, a fire sprinkler fully extinguished a fire in a second-floor apartment bathroom that was caused by a carelessly discard cigarette. “The only reason it was a small fire was because there was a sprinkler system,” said Fire Investigator Mark Marinaro. “Without it, there would have been loss of life or injuries for sure.” Daniel Smith, Captain – Fire Prevention, Skokie Fire Department  

Lechner & Sons Mount Prospect Fire Department

Two automatic fire sprinklers contained a morning fire that began in the vicinity of a clothes storage bin at the uniform and mat rental company’s building. The fire appeared to begin with spontaneous combustion caused by oil soaked materials. The facility was not occupied at the time, so no one was injured. Business was able to reopen the following day. According to the Mount Prospect Fire Department’s news release, damage was estimated at $5,000 but likely would have been much more significant had a fire sprinkler and alarm system not been present. John Malcolm, Fire Chief, Mount Prospect Fire Department  

June 2011

Pep Boys Skokie Fire Department

A fire sprinkler system helped control a fire in the auto parts and services store until fire crews arrived. An estimated $1.1 million were saved. “The sprinkler prevented the fire from extending above the drop-ceiling into the truss roof,” says Daniel Smith, Skokie captain of fire prevention. “The repair shop was open for business the next day and the retail portion of the store was fully restored within one week.” Daniel Smith, Captain – Fire Prevention, Skokie Fire Department ]]>