Eye On Annapolis informs that firefighters from Anne Arundel County Fire Department were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire in a townhouse to find that the home’s fire sprinklers had extinguished the fire set by a toddler.
The first unit to arrive on the scene reported nothing evident from a three-story townhouse. Upon further investigation, personnel found a bedroom fire on the third floor that had been contained by the homes sprinkler system. The cause of the fire was determined to be a 4 year-old child playing with a lighter.
Fires started by children playing accounted for an average of 56,300 fires with associated losses of 110 civilian deaths, 880 civilian injuries and $286 million in direct property damage per year between 2005 -2009.
Without sprinklers this fire could have had dire consequences. The very young are at high risk of death from home fires. Based on 2003-2007 experience data, children under age five are almost one and a half times as likely to die in a home fire as the general public.