Monday, April 8, 2013

Sprinkler credited with extinguishing an accidental fire in a restaurant

Incident Date: 4/8/13
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 9001 S. 19th St
Incident Type: Commercial Structure Fire

Narrative: At 12:28 a.m. firefighters from station 1,4,7,14,16, and 17 responded to a reported commercial structure fire at the Boathouse 19 restaurant. The first arriving company found a smoke charged building, but no visible flames. After making entry, they found that two sprinkler heads had activated and suppressed a fire that ignited on a counter top in the kitchen area. Crews shut down the sprinkler system, confirmed the fire was out, and cleaned up the water.  

A fire investigator determined that the spontaneous combustion of oily terry cloth towels that were stored in a plastic tub started the fire. Damage estimates were $4,500 to the building and its contents and there were no injuries to report.