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Sprinkler Saves Apartment Building

Submitted by Randy Fox, Training Officer, Columbia Fire Department
In the early morning hours of September 27th, the Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 200 McMeen Drive, a 3-story apartment building. 

First-arriving units were met with evacuating occupants and reports of visible fire in one of the apartments.  Investigation revealed that a small fire had occurred, but had been extinguished by the building's fire sprinkler system.

The fire, which originated from a box fan, was contained to the table on which the fan was sitting.  Water damage was limited to two of the apartment units.  Without the presence of a fire sprinkler system, the damage from the fire and fire suppression efforts would have far exceeded the water damage that did occur.

There were no reports of injury to occupants or firefighters.

















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