Seacoast online has reported that a Thanksgiving eve fire at a Portsmouth, NH home was sparked by a lamp and displaced the residents. According to the report, Deputy Fire Chief Carl Roediger said that sprinklers “saved the house.”
Firefighters were called to the home at about 9 p.m. when one of the residents said he just returned home and found his couch on fire. The fire had been “pretty much put out” by the residential sprinkler system and firefighters removed the smoldering couch from the home, according to the deputy chief. “It once again points out the value of residential sprinklers,” he said.
This fire is just another example of the effectiveness of home fire sprinklers. While the residents were away, it worked to keep the fire in check, preventing substantial property loss.
Home fire sprinklers save both lives and property. According to NFPA statistics, direct property damage per fire in sprinklered homes is lower by 68%.
On Thanksgiving morning, the burned couch remained in front of the property, while maintenance men inspected the fire scene according to the report.
Roediger said an investigation revealed that a lamp fell onto the couch while no one was home and heat from the lamp sparked the fire.