Orland Park, IL -- Fire sprinklers controlled a fire at Lawson House YMCA.
A fire ignited in a trash compactor room at a residential high-rise at Lawson House YMCA in the Gold Coast neighborhood. The 24-story residential high-rise is the largest single-room occupancy facility in the midwest with 600 units.
"Some of the residents in the low income building are formerly homeless, so a fire that could potentially displace them again would be devastating. Fire sprinklers saved the day for the hundreds of people that live there," said Tom Lia of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.
Lia also mentioned that this fire sprinkler save is a good reminder that the deadline is approaching for retrofits of fire sprinklers in Chicago high-rises. The deadline is January 1, 2017.
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