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A Routine Miracle on 34th Street

Macy’s (New York City)

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, a fire at the iconic Macy’s store on 34th Street at Herald Square in New York City would be devastating. The flagship store, with over a million square feet of retail space, is used as the focal point for the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is broadcast nationally. That’s why special note should be taken of the blurb that appeared on the NFSA website regarding a fire that took place on October 26th. It broke out in the basement area at 8 pm, a time when the store was filled with shoppers.  The store was evacuated, with 106 firefighters responding in 25 units, but the store’s fire sprinkler system was credited with preventing the blaze from spreading to higher floors.  Thanks to fire sprinklers, the show will go on — another routine miracle on 34th Street. Courtesy of Jack French (United States Alliance Fire Protection)  

November 2013


Hampton Inn Rockford Fire Department

The hotel’s fire sprinkler system extinguished an electrical fire in an office area. Guests were able to return their rooms and no one was injured. There was only $15,000 in estimated damage. Rockford-Register Star  

October 2013


Apartment Building Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District

The fire sprinkler system in the two-story apartment building contained a kitchen fire. No one was injured. Chicago Tribune  

Manufacturing Building Rockford Fire Department

Two fire sprinklers controlled a fire that appeared to be caused by oil burning in a machine in the factory. The fire was contained to the one machine. WREX-TV  

September 2013


Pioneer Gardens Chicago Fire Department

A fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in a single unit on the sixth floor of the eight-story high-rise, which is an assisted living senior housing facility.  

America’s Best Value Hotel Matteson Fire Department

A single fire sprinkler activated on the first floor of the four-story hotel and restricted a fire from spreading that had begun in a heavily loaded clothes dryer. The involved clothes dryer and its contents were a complete loss but there was no structural involvement. “The activation of the fire sprinkler system kept the public safe and allowed this business to continue to operate immediately after the fire incident,” said Matteson Fire Department’s Sam Anello. Sam Anello, Shift Commander, Matteson Fire Department  

March 2013


Alcoa Kama Manteno Community Fire Protection District

One fire sprinkler coontrolled a fire in the facility that originated in an electrical motor and the pipe insulation above the motor. “The fire sprinkler system extinguished a majority of the fire and prevented its spread prior to our arrival,” stated Manteno Fire Chief Scott O’Brien. “After ventilation and replacing the fire sprinkler, the facility was able to continue production.” Scott O’Brien, Fire Chief, Manteno Community Fire Protection District  ]]>