Today in fire history: sprinkler extinguishes incendiary fire in hospital

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jan 24, 2012

On January 24, 1993, an incendiary fire occurred at a hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  One sprinkler operated in the room of fire origin, extinguishing the flames before firefighters arrived.  The damage from flame and heat was limited to the room of origin, however, water and smoke spread into the corridor and resulted in some damage.  Six staff were treated and released for smoke-related injuries.  Compliance with fire safety code requirements, training of staff, and the use of automatic sprinklers significantly reduced the potential for loss of life and large property loss during this incident.

Anyone can download a summary of this incident in English or Spanish, as well as an NFPA Journal article about this and one other incident.