Carelessly discarded smoking materials started a fire at the Lakeside Village Apartment building, where mostly older adults and persons with disabilities reside. Thanks to the fire sprinkler system, there were no injuries and minimal property damage.
The fire started in a recliner after the resident dropped a cigarette that was not completely extinguished. The fire sprinkler activated within 30 seconds, according to Saginaw Township Fire Department Inspector Kevin O’Brien. O’Brien indicated that the damage from the fire was a small burned spot on the chair.
The fire sprinkler system was installed after a fire in 2005 caused devastating consequences. Many residents had to be rescued and several were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation. The building suffered significant property damage then.
This is just one more example of the life safety benefits and property protection that residential fire sprinklers provide. With wet-pipe sprinklers the fire death rate per 1,000 reported home structure fires was lower by 83% and the rate of property damage per reported home structure fire was lower by 69%. Numerous research and reports document these and other benefits.
With the exception of the occupants of three apartments that were affected by water requiring minor “mop up” operations, all other residents were immediately able to occupy their homes after the fire.