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November 2012


Edgewater Walk Apartments Tinley Park Fire Department

A single sidewall sprinkler in an apartment unit of the 24-unit building extinguished a stovetop fire that was caused by unattended cooking. There was only $2,500 in damages, no injuries were reported, and no residents were displaced. According to Senior Fire Inspector Dan Riordan, the building had been retrofit with the fire sprinkler system only three years ago. “Without this life safety equipment, the fire would have likely extended outside the single apartment unit,” he says, noting that an unsprinklered fire would have likely caused $100,000 to $500,000 in damage. Dan Riordan, Senior Fire Inspector, Tinley Park Fire Department  

Pete’s Fresh Market Oakbrook Terrace Fire Protection District

Two fire sprinklers suppressed a fire that began in the cooler and meat preparation area of the 60,000-square-foot grocery store. No hand lines were required for final extinguishment. Ralph DeLuca, Jr., Assistant Fire Chief, Oakbrook Terrace Fire Protection District  

Briarwood Apartments Normal Fire Department

A single sprinkler controlled a late night kitchen fire in one of the apartment units. Fire officials noted that the resident was able to escape unharmed and significant damages to the building were prevented. The Pantagraph  

Warren Barr Pavilion Chicago Fire Department

A fire sprinkler system contained a car fire that occurred in the lower-level parking garage of the nine-story rehab/nursing center in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. There were no reported injuries or transports to hospitals. Chicago Sun-Times

Barone’s of Glen Ellyn Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company

Before fire crews even arrived, the pizzeria’s fire sprinkler system extinguished an early morning fire that originated with rags in the kitchen. Damage was minimal and no injuries were reported. The restaurant was able to open for business as normal that evening. Daily Herald  

October 2012


Arbor Park Middle School Oak Forest Fire Department

Six sprinklers controlled a fire that began near an old radio set on top of a plastic mat in a document storage room of the school building. The sprinklers saved thousands of documents. The fire occurred after school hours so no students were present. Custodians escaped safely. “If it wasn’t for the building’s sprinkler system, this place would still be burning,” said Fire Lieutenant Jack Janozik. “The sprinkler system saved this building from burning down.” Oak Forest Patch  

Hyatt Regency – Parking Garage Chicago Fire Department

On the evening of October 25, a car fire occurred in the parking garage of the East tower of the Hyatt Regency hotel in the Loop area of Chicago. Fire officials report that approximately two to three fire sprinklers activated to help keep the fire from spreading. Firefighters finished extinguishing the fire and ventilated the area. No evacuation was necessary and no injuries were reported. Chicago Tribune  

Single-Family Home West Dundee Fire Department

Fire sprinklers prevented a fire that began in the attached garage from entering the living space of the home. The fire department’s press release states, “The fire was stopped from entering the living area of the home, largely from the sprinkler system holding the fire in check until interior crews could enter the building to complete extinguishment.” The residents were home when the fire began and escaped safely. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. According to Fire Chief Randy Freise, fire sprinklers saved the home from what could have been total destruction. “Early detection and having a sprinkler system in the residence played an important role in this fire by allowing the residents to evacuate safely while helping to hold the fire in check,” adds the press release. West Dundee Fire Department  

East Peoria Community High School East Peoria Fire Department

The high school’s fire sprinkler system extinguished a suspicious fire in a men’s restroom in the cafeteria. All students and staff evacuated without injury within two minutes. Damage was estimated at only $5,000. “The sprinkler and fire alarm system worked perfectly, and the students were already outside when we arrived, so that was good,” said East Peoria Fire Chief William Darin. Chillicothe Times-Bulletin  

Campbell Terrace Apartments Chicago Fire Department

Fire sprinklers held a fire in check on the sixth floor of the affordable senior-living apartment complex. Twitter: @CFDMedia (Office of News Affairs for Chicago Fire Department)  ]]>