Months after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie failed to act on a bill that would have required home fire sprinklers in New Jersey, a devastating house fire has destroyed a retired couple's home and has injured a firefighter.
According to The Star-Ledger, firefighters were on the roof when the fire intensified in the attic. As the fire grew, a firefighter exited the house and quickly collapsed into the snow-covered lawn. He was transported to a nearby hospital after given oxygen by EMTs. The three-alarm blaze continued for two hours before it was doused by firefighters. One of the residents was escorted to safety. The other wasn't home during the fire.
The incident is proof-positive that residential sprinklers can be a live-saving tool for high-risk groups, including the elderly, stated David Kurasz, executive director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, in a recent Star-Ledger editorial. "While smoke alarms are effective, they require residents to take action and can do nothing to prevent the spread of fire or extinguish it entirely," says Kurasz, also the vice chair of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition. "Our most vulnerable citizens, including children, the elderly, and the disabled, may not be able to respond to alarms as others might."
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