Sprinkler System Saves Des Moines Apartment

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A sprinkler system is credited for saving a Des Moines, IA apartment on July 18.

The fire started when the occupants were cooking at 11:30am.  The fire sprinklers activated at the same time the occupants began using their fire extinguisher.

Firefighters arrived shortly after and saw smoke and water coming out from beneath the apartment door.

Fire officials said this is a "perfect example of how the fire protection systems required in these residential structures can save lives and property."

There were no injuries and damage from the fire was only estimated at 2% of the property's value.