"Sometimes people just need to see it to believe it," says West Virginia State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis, Jr. That's why two fires will be intentionally set in front of a live audience on February 9 at 2:00 pm, on the north side of the Capitol building in Charleston. (The original date, February 2, was cancelled to a high wind advisory.)
According to the official blog for the state of West Virginia, the State Fire Marshal’s Office received financial support from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to coordinate this event. Assisting them with the demonstration are the Kanawha County Office of Emergency Services, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, Brewer and Company of West Virginia, Inc., and Road Sprinkler Fitters U.A. Local Union 669. Staff and students of Carver Career Center are assisting in the compartment construction.
"There's nothing like the heat and smoke of a real fire to help adults and children understand just how fast a home fire is," says Lewis. "With our side-by-side comparison, we can show both the danger of fire and the value of having a fire sprinkler system installed."