Fire Sprinkler Saves Seniors at Senior Housing Complex

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On Sunday, February 17, 1957, a visitor at Katie Jane Nursing Home in Warrenton, Missouri saw flames shooting out of a utility closet during religious services.  One hundred and fifty-five people lived in the two and a half story nursing home at the time of the fire, but only eighty-five people survived the fire.  It was determined that the facility had inadequate fire escapes, no sprinkler system, no alarm system, no evacuation plan, and some residents were locked inside their rooms.  This fire helped pave the way for fire protection in assisted living facilities.

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senior living fire sprinklersSan Diego -- A fire at a senior housing complex was kept at bay by fire sprinklers while fire fighters were on their way.

The fire ignited on an outdoor deck around 2:45pm, according to the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.  The fire was kept contained to the point of origin by a single sprinkler head.  Once firefighters arrived, it took about 30 minutes to extinguish.

The unit of origin sustained fire, smoke, and water damage, according to SDFRD Captain Joe Amador.  Nearby units also sustained a small amount of smoke, heat, and water damage.

Seventy people were evacuated from the building.  The other residents were directed to remain in their apartments.

The American Red Cross is assisting displaced residents.