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Sprinklers Save Two Franklin Businesses
Andy King, Fire Marshal - Franklin Fire Department       March 3, 2006

Earlier this morning the Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm activation at 330 Mayfield Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single sprinkler had controlled a fire in the kitchen of Bodelli Sushi. Although the investigation is on-going, the fire appears to have started when combustibles were located too close to a heat source. Damage was minor and limited to the kitchen.  The business is expected to reopen soon.

 A second business was saved only a week earlier.  On February 23rd a structure fire was reported at Legacy Academy for Children.  The automatic fire sprinkler system kept flames from spreading when a grease fire started in the kitchen.  The daycare staff followed their emergency plan and quickly evacuated the 92 children to safety.  When firefighters arrived, the sprinkler system had already extinguished the fire.

 Although both businesses sustained minor fire and water damage, the extent of clean-up and repairs were limited to the rooms affected.  According to Franklin Fire Marshal Andy King, “If these buildings had not been protected with fire sprinklers, it certain that these businesses would be closed for a substantial period of time for renovations.  In both cases, only minor interruptions of business occurred.” 

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