Wilmette, IL -- Wilmette's Fire Chief credits the fire sprinklers for saving a public works garage in Wilmette from a potentially devastating fire.
A storage room off the 15,400 square foot garage in a public works building caught fire (cause is under investigation) and fire sprinklers quickly activated, containing it. It only caused $15,000 in damage. The Wilmette Fire Chief, Mike McGreal, said that the fire would have caused much more damage had it not been for the fire sprinklers.
McGreal praised village administrators and fire prevention bureau officials for deciding to install fire sprinklers eight years ago. When the public work building was built, the city had the option to ignore the already existing garage, but decided to retrofit it with fire sprinklers.
"They didn't have to, but they had the forethought to do it. That is a multimillion dollar facility, plus the vehicles in the garage that are very expensive, and very difficult to replace. In Minutes, this could have been a total loss if there hadn't been a sprinkler system," said McGreal.
The garage holds end loaders, back hoes, dump trucks, and sewer vac trucks.
The fire crew arrived, they found the fire sprinklers activated and light smoke. When they arrived, they immediately upgraded the alarm. However, when fire crews from Winnetka, Northfield, Evanston, Glenview, Skokie, Morton Grove, and Highland Park arrived, they found that the fire was in control by the fire sprinklers in the area it originated.
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