The latest in a series of side-by-side sprinkler demonstrations leading an advocacy effort in South Carolina was held this past weekend in Lancaster, hosted by the Lancaster Fire Department and the South Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Association. As of January 2014, all new one- and two- family homes in the state will be required to have sprinkler systems installed per the 2009 International Residential Code.
The live burn was an opportunity for people to witness the effectiveness of a residential sprinkler system in saving lives and property, and according to the Lancaster Herald, drew a crowd of hundreds to the local Walmart parking lot - a crowd that saw first hand how fast a fire can spread after the smoke alarm goes off. According to the article, the unsprinklered room in this demonstration was engulfed by flames in just 90 seconds and had reached temperatures exceeding 500 degrees.
The Herald Online published this slideshow featuring before, during, and after photos of the event.