Two house fires, days apart, result in starkly different outcomes due to sprinklers

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Dec 18, 2014


!|src=|alt=Utah Fire Sprinkler Coalition|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Utah Fire Sprinkler Coalition|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c722ecfb970b img-responsive!Earlier this month, an unattended candle was the catalyst for a house fire in Utah that was deemed a total loss by the North Tooele County Fire District.


Per a report by a Fox affiliate in Salt Lake City, a man, woman, and dog were able to escape the blaze, initiated by a candle inside a master closet that ignited nearby clothing.The end result was the loss of their home, with the damage estimated to be $300,000.


Ten days later, fire service members in the not-too-distant town of Layton arrived to the scene of a house fire and witnessed the tenantsa mother and her three children in front of their home, wet from a sprinkler activation. A single sprinkler head contained a stove top grease fire. "Although devastating for this mother and her children, they can reoccupy with no significant fire damage spread," said Doug Bitton, spokesperson for the Layton City Fire Department. "Seeing what happened and how successful the suppression went ... there's no question at all that fire sprinklers save lives."


Layton Fire Marshal Dean Hunt, who also chairs the Utah Fire Sprinkler Coalition, also deemed the event a "great save."

"The contractor who was doing the cleanup afterwards was the same one who cleaned up another fire a few months ago in another part of our city, and he expressed to me the stark difference in damage," Hunt tells NFPA.


Looking for other examples of sprinkler saves? Download NFPA's widely popular report, "Sprinkler Successes in One- and Two-Family Homes and Apartments."


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