Recent fires in the Mission District have prompted this investigation; according to a recent news report, several fires over a two-year period lacked working smoke alarms, sprinklers, or both. "We are committed to making sprinklers happen, not just in the Mission District but throughout the city," San Francisco Supervisor David Campo told a local radio station.
Campo also pointed to a recent fire in another neighborhood where sprinklers inside a hotel saved the building. The fire, however, went on to damage six buildings and displace close to 60 people, states the news report.
As one of two states that require sprinklers in new homes, California has embraced this technology's life-saving power. The benefits have been bountiful; according to a report by the National Fire Sprinkler Association, more than 130,000 single-family homes and more than 150,000 multi-family homes have been built in California between 2011 (when the statewide, sprinkler ordinance took effect) and 2014. Moreover, The New York Times has reported that a "housing boom" has occurred there--proving fire sprinkler ordinances do not negatively impact a region's housing market.
For more information on how California continues to champion for home fire sprinklers, visit the California Fire Sprinkler Coalition webpage.