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Sprinkler system helps minimize fire damage

Ina Ronquillo

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Sprinkler system helps minimize fire damage

CREATED Aug. 15, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Fire responded to an early morning building fire and were assisted by an activated sprinkler system to minimize damage to the business.

Capt. Barrett Baker tells KGUN9 that crews responded to a reported fire alarm at 3:41 a.m. to the 4200 block of South Fremont.

While firefighter were en route, an employee of the business arrived to begin his shift and noticed the alarm had been activated. He looked inside the building and saw smoke and flames and he immediately called 911, said Baker.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they reported smoke and flames. However a sprinkler head was activated and helping extinguish the blaze.

The majority of the flames involved several pallets of linens with several large bags of towels hanging from the ceiling also being burned by the flames, said Baker.

Fire investigators responded and have been determined the cause of the fire was spontaneous combustion of rags.

Tucson Fire reminds the public that fire deaths and property loss can be greatly reduced by installing fire sprinklers. A working fire sprinkler system can control a fire in its room of origin, limit the spread of the fire and often extinguish the fire before the fire department arrives.

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