Chicago, IL -- A Chicago high rise had a fire in one of F.E. Moran Fire Protection Northern Illinois' (FPN) sprinklered buildings.
A dryer on the 27th floor caught fire in a high rise. When the fire ignited, a fire sprinkler activated and extinguished it before the fire department even arrived. The fire department is right next door to the building.
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No injuries were reported.
Scott M., FPN's Superintendent said, "Just makes me feel better knowing what we do day in and day out does make a difference, especially in a building we do service work for."
When a fire ignites in a high rise, it can be very difficult to evacuate, especially if there are no fire sprinklers. In 2003, six people died in a Chicago high rise fire that started on the 12th floor. It took 90 minutes to contain the fire with 175 firefighters. The victims were trapped in a stairwell, trying to escape.
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This recent fire on the 27th floor of a high rise could have easily ended the way the 2003 fire did. Because of FPN and their fire sprinklers, there were no injuries and it was extinguished before firefighters even arrived.
Gavin Hansen, Vice President of F.E. Moran Fire Protection Northern Illinois said, "We tend to forget or get caught up in the day to day responsibilities of what we do, rather than the WHY we do what we do. This is our WHY. This is our purpose. We save lives and property. That's something to be proud of."
Fire sprinklers saved lives and resources for the city of Chicago.