Main content
City of Alexandria Homepage
Tuesday, January 27  •  32°Light Snow Air Quality: Green
CloseWeather Forecast
Today: High 36° Low 19°
AM Snow ShowersAir Quality: Green
Wed: High 36° Low 23°
SunnyAir Quality: Green
Thu: High 39° Low 33°
CloudyAir Quality: Yellow
Fri: High 36° Low 17°
Partly Cloudy/Wind
Sat: High 30° Low 23°
Sunny
Alert
City government offices and facilities will be open as scheduled on Tuesday, January 27, with unscheduled leave permitted for non-emergency staff.  For Alexandria City Public Schools operating status, click here.
Read More...
City of Alexandria, VA City of Alexandria, VA
Fire Department
Share Share RSS RSS Print Print Text Size Text Size NormalText Size LargeText Size Extra Large
Page updated Jun 16, 2011 1:11 PM
CloseComments

No Comments Posted Yet

RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLER SYSTEM SAVES HOME FROM FIRE

 JUNE 16, 2011

 News Highlights

  •  Fire in 4 story town home contained by residential sprinkler system
  • Firefighters encountered small fire remaining upon their arrival.
  • Fire Damaged limited to under $5000
  • No injuries or relocations required.
  • Fast response from residential sprinkler saved thousands of dollars in property and prevented further damage to home and occupants.
  • The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

At 11:24 am units from the Alexandria Fire Department responded to a reported garage fire in a townhouse in the 700 block of Day Lane.  Firefighters arrived on the scene within 5 minutes and encountered smoke conditions coming from the first floor garage.  Upon entering the garage firefighters discovered a small fire.  The majority of the fire had been successfully extinguished by the home’s residential sprinkler system.  The remaining fire was extinguished by firefighters. 

The quick response by the residential sprinkler fire system resulted in the protection of an automobile and motorcycle as well as other contents within the garage.  Both vehicles were undamaged.  The fire was prevented from spreading beyond the garage by the sprinkler system, which minimized fire damage and allowed the occupants to remain in their residence after the incident.

Unlike Maryland, Virginia does not have a mandatory residential sprinkler requirement for townhouses.  Such residences only have residential sprinkler systems installed when they exceed certain height and area requirements under the building code.  The property on Day Lane, which was constructed in 2006, had additional fire sprinkler protection added as part of a cooperative effort between the property developers and the City during the planning and development process.


For more information, contact Robert Rodriguez, Chief Fire Marshal / Community Services Officer, Alexandria Fire Department, at 703.746.5217 or Robert.rodriguez@alexandriava.gov

###

900 Second Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.5200
Fax: 703.838.5093
TTY: 703.838.4896

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.