Sprinklers Save Burning West Dundee, IL Home

Fire Sprinklers Save Illinois Home from Fire 

By:  Dave Gathman, The Courier-News

WEST DUNDEE - A fire that began in an attached garage damaged a home at 2984 Dartmouth Lane Sunday night. 

But sprinklers saved the home from what it could have been total destruction, according to West Dundee Fire Chief Randy Freise.

Freise said a husband and wife were home at about 8:47 p.m. when a smoke detector went off. Investigating, they discovered the garage was engulfed in flames.

The couple got out safely and no one was injured.

"The garage is a total loss and the fire got into the eves in the attic, which has no sprinklers," the chief said.

"But the sprinklers went off and did their job of keeping the fire in check in the main part of the house until we got there."

He said no estimate of damage was available yet but three cars were destroyed, smoke and water damage made the main part of the home temporarily uninhabitable and heat from the blaze melted siding on a neighbor's house.

The chief said the cause also will remain unknown until the garage wing, which was left in a state of collapse, can be knocked completely down and examined.

Thirteen other fire departments helped West Dundee's firefighters, coming from as far away as South Elgin to the south, Burlington to the west, Algonquin to the north and Streamwood to the east.

Tags:  home fire protection, automatic fire sprinkler systems, fire suppression, fire protection services

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