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Single Sprinkler Saves New House

– Eric T. McMullen
Deputy Fire Marshal, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

by Eric T. McMullen

Deputy Fire Marshal, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

As a new construction Deputy Fire Marshal with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in Oregon, I have been involved in many projects that included offering fire sprinklers as a trade-up for various development difficulties. Although we could share many success stories with you, I would like to focus on one particular case.

During the planning process of a large subdivision called Erickson Heights, in the city of Tigard, OR, we discovered several streets that would have grades exceeding our maximum standards. Through cooperation with the Tigard Building Department and our office, home fire sprinklers were offered as a trade-up and accepted by the developer.

I provided the developer with a list of the specific homes to be sprinklered due to excessive grade and the project proceeded. Not long after construction of the homes began, to my surprise, the developer contacted us and indicated that they had decided to install fire sprinklers in all of the homes in the subdivision.

Subsequently, during construction, one of the homes experienced a fire in a garage. Luckily the door from the garage to the living space of the home had been left open. Although the home was not finished, the fire sprinkler system had been completed and a single sprinkler activated and the fire was extinguished prior to the arrival of our fire crews.

Sprinklers Help Douse House Fire

by Erin Norris - Oct. 30, 2008 02:26 PM

The Arizona Republic

SCOTTSDALE - A house fire in the Troon North neighborhood was extinguished quickly Thursday with the help of a residential sprinkler system and the swift response of firefighters, officials said.

Firefighters arrived at the home in the 29000 block of North 108th Street in four minutes after receiving a 9-1-1 call from an alarm monitoring service, Scottsdale fire spokeswoman Tiffani Nichols said.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported, Nichols said.

A fire investigator was working to determine the cause and the extent of the damage, she said.

Single-family homes built in Scottsdale after Jan 1, 1986 are required by city law to be outfitted with a fire sprinkler system.