An exclusive waterfront mansion in Westbrook, CT., that was built in 2002, was destroyed by fire
According to an article in the New Haven Register when the house was resold last year the real estate listing read;"“Majestic waterfront masterpiece! This custom home boasts elegance & is in a class by itself! Superior crafstmanship!! Amenities include: private beach, approx. 200’ deepwater dock..." None of these features counted on July 29th when a fire that started in the porch spread to the inside of the house, destroying the mansion. Fire sprinklers could have made a difference.
Luckily the house was not occupied when the fire broke out and no one was injured or died, however; the house which is valued at $3.9 million dollars will have to be demolished. How long will this house stay off the tax rolls? The economic impact of this fire will be felt for some time to come.
NFPA 13D systems are life safety systems and that is the fundamental reason why we must fight for them to become a requirement in all new one- and two-family homes. However, they have also proven to protect property.
The economic impact of fire on the community is not often discussed in the home fire sprinkler debate, but maybe we need to start talking about it.
Fire sprinklers also protect the environment. The environmental impact of this fire include the water run-off with all its toxic chemicals that probably infiltrated the waterway and a large amount of debris that it will contribute to the landfill.
I look forward to the day when real estate brochures boast about the presence of fire sprinklers as a selling feature in new homes. I also look forward to the day we can say that they have made a great impact on saving thousands of lives each year