Fire Sprinkler Saves

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Fire Sprinklers at Work – Successful Activations

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2020 Successful Activations

Fire Sprinkler Saves Sun Prairie Apartment Building

On April 30th, Sun Prairie Emergency Services responded to the 1000 block of O’Keefe Ave for an occupant reporting an odor of smoke and active fire alarm system. Upon arrival, Sun Prairie Fire & Rescue found a fire inside an apartment unit had been extinguished by a single fire sprinkler. Firefighters confirmed the fire had not spread and removed smoke from the apartment.

SPEMS transported one resident to the hospital for smoke inhalation. All other occupants were able to return to their units. Damage is estimated at $15,000 but was limited to only one unit of the 28 unit apartment building.

SPF&R responded with (3) rigs and (3) staff cars and only needed to use a fan to remove the smoke because of the fire sprinkler system.

Initial reports indicate an occupant attempted to extinguish the fire which delayed calling 911 and activating the fire alarm system.

Fire Sprinklers Save Lives, be sure your next residence is protected by a fire sprinkler system.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Fire Sprinkler Extinguished a Kitchen Fire in a Madison Apartment

A single fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in an apartment on the 100 block of N. Livingston in Madison around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

Upon arrival, City of Madison firefighters were approached by the tenant who said she was warming cooking oil on the stove top and the oil started a fire. The sprinkler extinguished the fire.

Fire damage was minimal and there were no injuries.

Source: City of Madison Fire Department

Condominium Kitchen Fire Extinguished by a Single Fire Sprinkler

A fire sprinkler extinguished a grease fire in a kitchen of a condominium located on N. Silverbrook Drive in West Bend on Saturday, April 11 at 8:28 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Source: West Bend Fire Department

Second Floor Apartment Fire Kept From Spreading by Activated Fire Sprinkler

At 2:40 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in a kitchen of a second floor apartment of the Regency West Apartments on Loni Lane in Racine. The cause of the fire was from oil on a stove top which began to spread to the cabinets when the fire sprinkler activated.

According to Racine Fire Department officials, had the fire sprinkler not activated, the fire would have fully involved the apartment. Firefighters only needed to turn off the main water control to the fire sprinkler system. The smoke alarm system in the building was able to provide for an early warning for the other residences who safely evacuated.

There were no injuries and tenants are expected to return to their apartments within a few days.

Damage was estimated at around $3,300.

Source: The Journal Times and Racine Fire Department

Apartment Patio Fire Extinguished by Single Fire Sprinkler

At 7:29pm Saturday, March 7, Grand Chute Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a fire on a 1st floor patio at Casaloma Creek apartments. The contents of a patio started on fire activating a single fire sprinkler mounted above the patio. This single sprinkler completely extinguished the fire with minimal damage to the patio area. Had there not been a sprinkler system, the situation could have been much different.

The sprinkler system activation also activated the fire alarm system throughout the 60-unit building alerting residents to the potential danger. Grand Chute Fire Department thanks all of the residents for evacuating safely and quickly when the alarm activated!

The sprinkler system in this building constructed in 2018 worked flawlessly to provide life safety and property conservation to the residents and owners.

Source: Grand Chute Fire Department

Fire Kept from Spreading in La Crosse Condominiums

Fire sprinklers contained a fire on the fourth floor of the Gateway Terrace condominiums in downtown La Crosse on Monday, February 17.

The La Crosse Fire Department received a call at 9:18 a.m. to North Sixth Street. Upon their arrival they found smoke and fire in a residence. The sprinkler system was working and limited the fire’s growth, according to the fire department. The firefighters extinguished the remaining fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation

Source: La Crosse Tribune

A Closet Fire in Janesville Apartment Extinguished by Fire Sprinkler

A fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in a closet of a Janesville apartment Wednesday night, keeping it from spreading.

At approximately 9:18 p.m. on February 12, firefighters responded to a call at the apartment building located at 221 N. Franklin Street. A fire in a basket of clothing in a closet activated a fire sprinkler.

There was about $1,000 in damage and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Apartment Kitchen Fire Contained by a Fire Sprinkler Until Firefighters Arrived

A fire sprinkler contained a fire in a kitchen of an apartment unit on the 400 block of N. Richmond Street in Appleton on Monday, January 13 at 6:00 a.m. The Appleton Fire Department was alerted to the fire by a water flow alarm from the fire sprinkler system.

The fire originated in the kitchen of a vacant apartment from a combination vent hood and microwave oven. The apartment was being cleaned and the oven was put on a self-cleaning cycle. The fan in the vent hood was left running.

According to fire department officials, the fire sprinkler system contained the fire until fire crews arrived and kept conditions survivable for other tenants to escape.

“The sprinkler system in this building operated as designed, keeping this incident from being a major disaster,” a statement from the fire department reads.

Fire and smoke damage were limited to the unit.

Source: WBAY

Fire Sprinklers Extinguished a Fire Keeping it From Spreading at Rehabilitation and Senior Care Building

Firefighters responded to a call on Monday at 4:20 p.m. for a fire sprinkler activation at the Pavilion at Glacier Valley, 1900 American Eagle Drive in Slinger.

“When officers arrived, smoke was visible but no flames,” said Slinger Police Captain Joshua Gullickson. “Slinger Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and the cause of the sprinkler activation was an overheat malfunction of a heating unit in one wing of the facility.”

No injuries were reported.

The Pavilion at Glacier Valley is a rehabilitation and senior care community.

Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Fire at Quality Chocolate Business

Fire sprinklers extinguished a fire at Clasen Quality Chocolate, 420 E. Horseshoe Road, at 1:22 p.m. on News Year’s Day.

The blaze started when a box full of products caught on fire. The fire was limited to just the box.

“The sprinkler system did its job. That’s why we advocate the use of sprinklers in buildings,” said Watertown Fire Department Chief Kraig Biefeld.

Clasen Quality Chocolate produces a variety of chocolate, coatings of different colors, flavors and sizes as well as numerous fillings and spreads.


Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Apartment Garage Fire on New Year’s Eve

A fire in the parking garage of the Ovation 309 apartment building located at 309 Johnson Street, in Madison, was quickly extinguished by a fire sprinkler on New Year’s Eve.
Parts of the building were without power after an electrical component was damaged by the incident.

No injuries reported and no cause of fire has been reported.

Source: City of Madison Fire Department

Fire Sprinkler Extinguished Electrical Fire in Madison Apartment Building

According to a report from the City of Madison Fire Department, residents at The Oaks are thankful that no one was hurt, and the damage was minimal after a single fire sprinkler extinguished a small accidental electrical fire in Madison on Monday.

Around 5:45 p.m., City of Madison Engine 9 was dispatched for a fire alarm sounding at The Oaks located at the 6200 block of Mineral Point Road. Upon arrival, fire crews notified the building staff and went to the third floor to investigate. They noticed light smoke in the hallway and after entering the apartment, they saw the activated fire sprinkler.

There were no occupants in the apartment. Two people were displaced while all other occupants could return to their apartment units.

Damage was estimated at $10,000.

Source: City of Madison Fire Department

2019 Successful Activations

Fire Sprinklers Kept a Fire From Spreading in a Closet at Motel 6

Fire sprinklers kept a fire from spreading in a closet on the third floor at the Motel 6 on Port Washington Road in Glendale.

The North Shore Fire Department responded to the alarm at approximately 11 a.m. on December 17.

All occupants were safely evacuated, including seniors and people in wheelchairs.

No injuries were reported.


Fire Sprinkler Extinguished Fire in Apartment Building Parking Garage

A dumpster fire in an underground residential parking garage was extinguished by a fire sprinkler early morning December 14, 2019.

Engine Co. 3 responded to the Carbon Apartments on Winnebago Street to investigate a general fire alarm. The crew entered the garage and found an automatic sprinkler activated. The fire was extinguished and had not spread beyond its area of origin.

Source: City of Madison Fire Department

Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Deep Fryer Fire at Smith Bros. Coffee House

Oil in a deep fryer caught fire Monday morning at the Smith Bros. Coffee House in downtown Port Washington, activating fire sprinklers in the eatery. The coffee house is attached to a Duluth Trading Co. clothing store.

The Port Washington Fire Department responded in the early morning of October 21st. Upon arrival, fire crews saw that fire sprinklers extinguished the fire. Crews shut off the water to the sprinkler system and mopped up the water. Both businesses reopened later that week.

No injuries were reported

Source: Ozaukee Press

Fire Sprinkler Contains Fire in Assisted Living Home

A fire sprinkler contained a fire at an assisted living home on S. Brookline Drive in the City of Madison on October 14 shortly after 3:00 p.m.

The sprinkler allowed on-site staff to deploy a fire extinguisher and put the fire out. When City of Madison Fire Department Ladder Company 2 arrived on scene, firefighters determined that the fire was caused by an older, recalled dehumidifier that malfunctioned.

There were no injuries.

Source: City of Madison Fire Department

Bar and Grille Fire Contained by a Single Fire Sprinkler

A single fire sprinkler kept a fire from spreading at the recently opened Top Shelf Sports Bar & Grille early in the morning on Monday, August 25. A fire in a bucket caused by rags that spontaneously combusted activated a fire sprinkler working in “one location” which helped to contain the fire at its starting point, according to Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue.

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue responded to the call from the Fond du Lac police department who heard the fire alarm while conducting a traffic stop at 1:20 a.m.

There were no injuries reported and the fire damage was limited to the bucket and a cart.

Source: Post Crescent

Fire Sprinkler Extinguished Mattress Fire At West Side Hotel

A single fire sprinkler extinguished a mattress fire in one of the rooms of a west side hotel, August 15 at 12:11 a.m. As firefighters entered the hotel, a manager notified them that the mattress had already been brought outside. They went outside to ensure the mattress was fully extinguished.

A guest at the hotel explained to firefighters that he was “trying to put out bed bugs with a cigarette.” When the mattress caught fire, the automatic sprinkler activated.

There were no reported injuries.

Source: Cynthia Schuster, Public Information Officer, City of Madison Fire Department

A Fire Sprinkler Prevented a Garage Fire From Spreading

A fire sprinkler contained a fire that broke out in a condominium garage on Catalina Parkway in Madison shortly after midnight July 17.

An electric bike left on a charger, which caused the battery on the bike to ignite, caused the fire. The owner advised that the electric portion of the e-bike was an aftermarket kit they had purchased.

Damage was isolated to the bike. Firefighters extinguished the remaining fire. They found that the sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading into the living space within the complex.

Source: City of Madison Fire Department, Cynthia Schuster, Public Information Officer

Fire Sprinkler Kept Fire From Spreading In a Trash Collection Room at Apartment Complex

A fire sprinkler contained a dumpster fire in a 120 unit three-story apartment building parking garage located on Riverbirch Drive in Brookfield on Saturday, July 13 at 5:42 p.m. The fire started in a dumpster in a trash collection room.

Firefighters extinguished the fire that was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. The structure and building sustained no smoke, heat or water damage.

“This was an absolute textbook example of the effectiveness of automatic sprinkler systems in protecting occupants in a large, multi-family dwelling.” said Deputy Chief Erdman, Brookfield Fire Department.

Source: Brookfield Fire Department

Fire Sprinklers Prevent Fire from Spreading in Recycling Plant

Fire sprinklers controlled a fire in the shredder area of an electronics recycling plant in Onalaska on July 9 at 8:40 a.m. Firefighters extinguished the fire a short time later.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.

Source: WXOW ABC News 19

2018 Successful Activations

Summer 2017 Edition

  • Dycora Transitional Health & Living (Watertown), Dycora Transitional Health & Living (Glendale), Wire Works Apartments (Appleton), Lucky Apartments High-Rise (Madison), Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies (Rice Lake), Apartment Building (Madison)

Spring 2017 Edition

  • Slumberland Furniture (Madison), Lincoln School Apartments (Racine), HFI Fluid Power Products (Racine), Stepping Stone Apartments (Wisconsin Dells), Normandy Apartments (Madison)

Fall 2016 Edition

  • Expera Specialty Solutions (Kaukauna), Toys “R” Us (Brookfield), Apartment Building (Madison), Harborside Commons Senior Apartments (Kenosha), Multifamily Building (Oak Creek), Apartment (Denmark), Shopko (Madison), Madison Kipp Corporation (Sun Prairie), Office Building (Madison)

Summer 2016 Edition

  • Kangaroo Milwaukee (Milwaukee), Dragon I (Madison), Industrial Building (Jackson), Presto Absorbent Products (Eau Claire), Apartment (Manitowoc), Apartment (Madison), Apartment (Madison), University of Wisconsin-Parkside Student Center (Kenosha), Manufacturing Plant (Brookfield)

Spring 2016 Edition

  • YWCA (Madison), Radisson Hotel (Madison), Century City Lofts (Milwaukee), Mercury Marine (Fond du Lac), Marine Technology (Ashwaubenon), Apartment (Appleton), Epiphany-Rose Office Building (Appleton), La Chimenea (Germantown), Park Place Tech (Milwaukee), Our House Senior Living (Rice Lake), Apartment Building (St. Francis), Cascades Tissue Group (Eau Claire), Dave & Busters (Wauwatosa), Jersey Mike’s (Wauwatosa), Badger Corrugating (La Crosse), Worzalla Publishing (Stevens Point)

Fall 2015 Edition

  • Tommy Thompson Commerce Center (Madison), Madison Kipp Corporation (Sun Prairie), Edgewater Hotel (Madison), Mercury Marine (Fond du Lac)

Summer 2015 Edition

  • Huebsch Linen Services (Eau Claire), YWCA (Madison), Multifamily Residence (Madison), Strip Mall Business (Osh Kosh), Apartment (Madison), Apartment (Osh Kosh), Tabor Oaks Assisted Living (Madison), Bamboo House (Plover), The Cove of Lake Geneva (Lake Geneva), Metal Refinishing Company (Eau Claire), Owens Industries (Oak Creek), Warehouse (Ashwaubenon), Seester’s Mexican Cantina (Pewaukee)

Summer 2014 Edition

  • Kersten Lumber (Birnamwood), Apartment Building (Madison), Tower Apartments at Oakwood Village West (Madison), Enviro Tire Management (Green Bay), Waste Management (Germantown), Capital Newspapers (Madison), New Fountain Apartments (Fitchburg), Strip Mall (Milwaukee), Yahara River View Apartments (Madison)

Spring 2014 Edition

  • Glacier Hills Apartment Building (Madison), McCain Foods (Appleton), Milwaukee Country Club (Milwaukee), Pierce Manufacturing (Appleton), Riverwalk Place (Appleton), St. John’s Apartments (Eau Claire)

Fall/Winter 2013 Edition

  • Apartment Building (Brown Deer), Apartment Building (Grand Chute), Apartment Building (Madison), Best Western (Eau Claire), Cascade Tissue Group (Eau Claire), Coventry Retirement Community (Madison), Emerson Hall Apartments (Beloit), Harbor House (Appleton), Mercury Marine (Fond du Lac), McMynn Tower Apartments (Racine), Office Building (Appleton), Pullmans (Appleton), Quad/Graphics (Lomira), Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub (Lake Geneva), TTM Technologies (Chippewa Falls)

Spring/Summer 2013 Edition

  • Cortland Commons Apartments (Madison), County Inn & Suites (West Bend), Elizabeth Residence (Bayside), KJ’s Curry Bowl (Madison), Multifamily Senior Living Facility (Menomonee Falls), Pinedale Apartments (Onalaska), Quad Med (Sussex), St. Joseph Nursing Home (La Crosse), Trinity Senior Community (Madison), University of Wisconsin Medical Sciences Building (Madison)

2012 Edition

  • American Aluminum Extrusion (Beloit), Apartment (Madison), Apartment Building (Pleasant Prairie), Applebee’s (Menomonee Falls), Aramark Uniform Service (Madison), Clearwater Paper (Menasha), Commercial Building (Fitchburg), F. Ziegler Manufacturing Solutions (North Fond du Lac), Horizon Elementary School (Sun Prairie), Humane Manufacturing (Janesville), Multi-Use Building (Eau Claire), Pick ‘n Save (Fond du Lac), Radisson Hotel (Menomonee Falls), Residential Garage (Madison), Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center (Sturgeon Bay), Vollrath Company (Sheboygan), Warehouse (Edgerton), Wasabi Restaurant (Brookfield), Waterview Senior Apartments (Sheboygan), Williams Town Bay Apartments (McFarland)

Fall 2011 Edition

  • Apartment Building (Sun Prairie), Multifamily Building (West Allis), Strip Mall (Sun Prairie)

Spring 2011 Edition

  • Apartment (West Bend), Dejno’s Inc. (Antigo), Kenworth Truck Company (Oak Creek), La Quinta Inn (Wausau), Paradise Lanes Bowling (Mount Pleasant), Park Towers (Eau Claire), Prairie Landings Apartments (Sharon)

Please see archived Fire Sprinkler Times print newsletters for fire sprinkler saves in Wisconsin prior to 2011.

Successful fire sprinkler activation

Successful fire sprinkler activation in an apartment fire in Waukesha.