!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c31e85e44970b-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c31e85e44970b-120wi|alt=Handsprinkler|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Handsprinkler|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c31e85e44970b!Tri-Town News reports that a kitchen grease fire was extinguished by a single fire sprinkler, averting a “more significant and damaging fire.” The fire occurred in the early afternoon of Aug. 29 at the Windsor Crescent Apartments in Jackson, N.J.
[NFPA statistics | http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/Cookingfactsheet.pdf]reveal that cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries, and the third leading cause of home fire deaths. During 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 155,400 residential structure fires involving cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an annual average of 390 civilian deaths, 4,800 civilian injuries, and $771 million in direct property damage.
This fire caused minimal damage to the area of origin. Building maintenance personnel assisted the occupants with minor clean up and they were able to continue to live in the apartment. No one was injured according to the report.
According to the article Jackson Fire Bureau Fire Prevention Specialist Wally Jamison said that if fire sprinklers had not been present, eight families would have been displaced. He added; “This fire is now added to the considerable nationwide evidence that fire sprinklers do save lives and property.”