NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The North Charleston Fire Department (NCFD), St. Andrews Fire Department, and Charleston County EMS on Wednesday responded to a hotel on the 4800 block of Rivers Avenue for an active fire alarm.
Crews arrived shortly after 2:21 p.m. and were advised that the fire was on the second floor.
Upon locating the room, firefighters discovered that a fire sprinkler “had activated and extinguished a cooking fire.”
After ensuring that the fire was extinguished, crews “controlled the sprinkler system and started salvage operations on the first floor to reduce damage.” They also used ventilation fans to remove smoke.
No injuries were reported, and the occupants of the room were relocated.
Following the incident, NCFD is reminding the public of these facts:
- Ninety percent of fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler.
- A home with smoke alarms and fire sprinklers reduces the risk of death in a home fire by 82%, relative to having neither, according to Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
- Home fire sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene.
- Modern residential sprinklers are inconspicuous and can be mounted flush with walls or ceilings.
- Fire sprinklers save lives, reduce property loss and can even help cut homeowner insurance premiums.
- Nationally, on average, home fire sprinklers cost $1.35 per square foot of sprinklered space in new construction.