Unattended cooking after a power outage sparked a fire that erupted in a third floor unit of the 68 unit, four story student housing building at Carolina Coastal University (CCU) in Conway, SC last Saturday evening. The fire was quickly extinguished by a fire sprinkler system, saving lives and property
When the fire department arrived the fire was already out. No one was hurt. Two sprinklers activated - one in the kitchen and the other in the living room – keeping the fire damage to the compartment of origin. Water damage affected the unit involved, two below, and the first floor adjacent units. The fire damage would have been a lot worse, and lives could have been lost, if not for this successful fire sprinkler activation.
In contrast to the above, Les Woods, President of SC Fire and Life Safety Education Association (SC FALSE), noted that at the time of this fire its side-by-side burn demonstration team was gearing up for an educational event in Oconee County where three people have lost their lives in residential fires in the last four weeks. He indicated that SC State Fire Marshal Chief Shane Ray pointed out to the audience at that event that fires have claimed 63 lives in SC this year. Fire sprinkler systems could have made a difference.
Visit the SC Fire Sprinkler Coalition website to learn how to advocate for fire sprinkler system requirements in SC.