News report: Cherry Hill (NJ) blaze shows need for sprinkler rule, firefighters say

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Dec 9, 2009

According to a December 5, 2009 report on Philly.com, firefighters in New Jersey say modern construction methods can intensify fires, underscoring the need to require builders to install fire sprinklers in one- and two-family homes.

A recent fire that gutted a Cherry Hill (NJ) condo building left 17 people homeless and sent two others to a local hospital, according to the news report.

"Had there been sprinklers, when the fire started in the bedroom, the sprinkler would have activated and held it there," Cherry Hill Fire Chief Bob Giorgio told Philly.com. "We would have arrived and gone in to make sure it didn't extend into the walls. Completely different outcome." Read the full news report.

NFPA Journal recently published an article about the relationship between fire and engineered wood construction assemblies — notably, that they burn quicker and fail faster than their dimensional lumber counterparts. Learn what the findings of two recent studies on modern construction methods mean for the fire service, builders, consumers, and NFPA codes.

- Mike Hazell