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Sprinkler System Saves Lives in Greenfield Fire

FIRE SPRINKLERS(HOLYOKE, Mass.) (WGGB)–A working sprinkler system is credited with saving lives in a recent Greenfield fire.

On Dec. 10,  fire broke out in the living room of a 3-bedroom apartment on Wells Street in Greenfield.

The 103-unit apartment building, a converted mill, had sprinklers in the hallways.

The sprinkler system contained the fire until the Greenfield Fire Department arrived.

Everyone got out safely thanks to firefighters who helped evacuate residents through smoky hallways.

The value of sprinklers is not limited to any one community,”Sprinklers help keep the fires in check which gives the residents time to get out of the building, working in connection with a fire alarm that works well definitely saves lives,” says Holyoke Fire Captain Anthony Cerruti.

Captain Cerruti says fires spread quickly so containing that fire until the fire department arrives is critical,”A small fire can go to a large fire in less than three minutes, and if you’ don’t have a working smoke detector or more importantly a sprinkler system you’re looking at a total loss,” says Captain Cerruti.

Fire authorities say the Greenfield apartment building had sprinklers in the hallways, but not inside the individual apartments.

State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan says if each apartment had sprinklers inside it’s likely that the fire would have been contained to the apartment where the fire started.

The National Fire Protection Association says sprinklers definitely save lives, in fact, if you have a sprinkler in your home, and have a fire, your chances of dying decrease by 80 percent.


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