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Fire Sprinkler Save
Fire Sprinkler Save

On Thursday September 14, 2017, at approximately 1:00 pm an alarm was reported indicating a fire sprinkler activation in an apartment at the Palo Verde Villa Apartments, 485 South 15th Avenue. Yuma Fire Department personnel arrived and made entry into the 2nd story apartment, finding extreme heat built up inside. Further investigation determined a stove top and oven had been left on for an extended time and the extreme heat (in excess of 155 degrees) had triggered a sprinkler head nearest the stove.

Although there was no active fire at the time of their entry, firefighters found that the heat had begun to damage wood cabinets above the stove. The sprinkler head was shut down and YFD personnel worked quickly to vent the heat and remove the water that had been released during the activation. Water from the sprinkler was not found to have gotten into the downstairs apartment. It was determined that the stove/oven was being tested in anticipation of future occupancy, and had been accidently left on by a maintenance worker. It is believed that the continued heat buildup would have eventually ignited a fire if not for the sprinkler system.

Fire sprinkler systems can keep fires from spreading and can also extinguish them. Fire spreads quickly and can double in size every minute. Even small fires can cause significant damage to property and endanger those nearby. Contrary to many Hollywood portrayals, only sprinkler heads directly exposed to the heat activate, not those in the rest of the room, building, or complex.

Sprinkler systems save lives and protect property.