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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sprinkler Systems Control 3 Fires in 20 Hours

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Sprinkler systems designed for specific occupancies controlled fires in three separate incidents within a 20-hour period in Prince George's County.  The first incident was on Friday, February 3, at about 6:30 pm.  Firefighters were alerted to a fire in a 2-story single family home in Allentown.  Upon arrival firefighters discovered a kitchen fire that was mostly extinguished by the residential sprinklers.  Firefighters completed the extinguishment and confirmed that fire had not spread.  The fire caused an estimated $2500 in fire loss, however, the family was not displaced and no injuries were reported.

Just after 1:00 am, Saturday, February 4, firefighters from the Northview Fire/EMS Station were dispatched to investigate an automatic fire alarm called in by a alarm monitoring company.  Firefighters responded to 16700 Governors Bridge Road in Bowie, a 1-story commercial structure, and found a small fire inside.  The commercial grade sprinkler system had activated and extinguished the majority of the fire.  Firefighters quickly extinguished the remaining fire.  Fire loss was limited to an estimated $5,000 and the cause of the fire was attributed to an electrical cord.  No injuries reported.

A third incident occurred later Saturday afternoon in a sixth floor apartment at 4711 Berwyn House Road in College Park.  It appears that an unattended candle came in contact with combustible materials igniting the fire although the official cause remains under investigation.  The sprinkler system in the apartment activated holding the fire in check until firefighters arrived and completely extinguish the fire.  Fire loss is still being tabulated.  No injuries were reported.  

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