Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fire Sprinklers Prevent Major Lakeside Blaze

Lakeside, CA - While returning to quarters from another call, the Engine 1 crew from Lakeside's Riverview fire station (fs1) noticed a ringing fire alarm on a multi-occupancy commercial building in the 11900 block of Woodside Ave. on Monday evening, August 2, 2010. Engine 1 Captain Wes Barnes requested a first-alarm commercial structure assignment when his investigation revealed water flow from the building's sprinkler system and moderate smoke showing from the structure.

Engine 1's crew forced entry to one of the roll-up doors and located the source of the smoke utilizing their thermal imaging camera. The small fire had been extinguished when a single-head was activated from the wet-pipe sprinkler system installed in the building.Crews removed the smoldering material from the building and then focused on removing the remaining smoke and water.

Other fire units attending this incident included E4, T4, and M4 from Santee; E2, E3, B1, and 4101 from Lakeside. SDSO and CHP assisted with traffic control. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

This incident is a pointed reminder of the ability of sprinkler systems to extinguish fires in many types of occupancies. Despite a popular misconception, this fire was extinguished by a single sprinkler head resulting in minimal water damage.

Story by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Information submitted by: Captain Wes Barnes, Lakeside Fire District

1 comment:

  1. Great job!! Also great write up the importance of fire sprinklers!!