Sprinklers rapidly douse house fire initiated by an electrical short

By Fred Durso, Jr. A fire quickly contained by home fire sprinklers inside a Maryland home in November resulted in only minimal damage and no injuries. The Delmarva Daily Times reports that upon entering his home, the occupant heard the smoke alarms and saw the sprinkler activation. Investigators concluded that an electrical failure in an HVAC system caused the fire, which ignited the living room wall and nearby combustibles. One sprinkler head (in most cases, only one head activates during house fires) kept the fire tenable. The Salisbury Fire Department quickly finished the job. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office also noted that sprinklers…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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