Fire sprinklers, staff credited with saving lives during assisted living facility fire

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Apr 5, 2013

Washington State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy credited fire sprinklers and fast-acting staff at Merrill Gardens in Gig Harbor for saving lives during a recent fire at the facility.

Nursing homeMerrill Gardens is an independent and assisted-living facility containing 78 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments.

The fire started in the kitchen at approximately 9 p.m. Two fire sprinklers activated and contained the fire until the fire department arrived.

Staff dialed 911 and then proceeded according to their evacuation plan and alerted residents of the fire. Staff acted quickly and evacuated the residents to a safe area until the fire department confirmed that the fire had been extinguished.

Without fire sprinklers this fire could have had fatal consequences. Although residents at assisted living facilities are not confined, they are mostly frail and elderly with mobility problems and may need the protection that fire sprinklers provide in order to make it out alive. This is just one more example of the life safety benefits of fire sprinklers.