!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b0045e3b6970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b0045e3b6970d-320wi|alt=Silver fire sprinkler|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Silver fire sprinkler|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b0045e3b6970d!Charleston SC Live 5 News reportsthat firefighters from Charleston and North Charleston responded to a fire at an apartment building in downtown Charleston.
The report says that a tenant in the building reported smoke on the second floor. When crews arrived on the scene, they found a small fire in one of the apartments that was contained by two sprinklers.
Officials say the fire and water damage was limited as firefighters quickly deactivated the sprinkler system as soon as the situation was under control.
According to officials, crews used less than five gallons of water to extinguish the remaining fire due to the effectiveness of the fire sprinkler system. No one was injured at this fire.
"Fire sprinklers are an invaluable tool to improve life safety and have the potential to reduce property damage," said Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh. "Two fire sprinklers activated and controlled the fire until the fire department arrived. These systems are designed to control the fire or reduce the growth of the fire until the fire department can intervene. The sprinkler system in this case preserved the building and limited damages…”
Independent sources report that the owner said one month's worth of rental income paid for the fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers reduce direct property damage per fire by
<span style="font-family: Calibri,Calibri; font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,Calibri; font-size: small;">69%.</span></span>It is possible that this property owner could have had to forgo more than one month's worth of income without the fire sprinkler.