Fire chief details house fire--and what could have been avoided had sprinklers been in place

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jul 29, 2014

House fire
A fire large enough to destroy an Idaho home and threaten surrounding houses prompted a battalion chief to stress the importance of home fire sprinklers.

According to a story in the Idaho Press-Tribune, the recent fire occurred while the homeowner was visiting a neighbor and the homeowner's daughter was sleeping inside the structure. Luckily, another neighbor noticed the fire and awoke the woman. As the smoke alarms sounded, both escaped the blaze safely. The house, however, was a complete loss.

"Our biggest success was keeping the fire off the neighbor's house," Battalion Chief Tim Scott told the newspaper. "Getting hose lines in between the two houses, we were able to keep it from spreading to another house."

Scott was also quick to note that home fire sprinklers--which are required in the state's larger homes, according to the paper--could have prevented the fire from growing to catastrophic proportions. "We would have been looking at just another garage fire," he said. "This is a very good example of why, with new construction, the investment in home fire sprinklers is really something to look into."

Read how sprinklers averted a somewhat similar house fire by reading a recent blog post about the incident.