[Chicago, IL (November 23, 2018) – Black Friday Fire at Furniture Store in Ford City

Mike Willis a Local 281 Fire Sprinkler fitter said this fire was the “Biggest one I’ve been on. 20 heads fused. 2 separate fire areas. Changed out 20 fire sprinklers tonight to get them back in service. Clean up crew is working hard to move product around and we are coming back to get a better look at the surrounding area in the morning.” The Chicago Fire Chief said it best when we were interviewed, “If the fire sprinkers weren’t there, we would have lost the whole building.”

Mike went on to say “Black Friday Shopping at its best!!!!! Great job by the Chicago Fire Department and the Local 281 Sprinkler Fitters of Chicago. Over 1 million square feet of warehouse, billions of dollars in product, and over 50 people working here at the time of the fire. Fire Sprinklers Save Lives!!!!!!”
According to the Chicago Tribune story, the fire was doused by the sprinklers.

More information in the Chicago Tribune at https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-fire-furniture-store-20181123-story.html