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Sprinkler credited with limiting damage from dryer fire

Updated: January 18, 2014 6:20AM


Sprinkler credit: Authorities were crediting the installation of a sprinkler at the Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road, with preventing a dryer fire from spreading Monday morning. Bartlett Fire Protection District firefighters were called to the center at 6:33 a.m. and, when they arrived a few minutes later, found a utility room full of smoke and one fire sprinkler head that had activated to control the fire. Fire crews were informed that an employee had used a fire extinguisher to contain the fire along with the activation of the fire sprinkler system. The fire was contained to the dryer and its contents. There was limited smoke and water damage to areas adjacent to and below the fire area, officials said. The cause of the fire was undetermined but considered accidental in nature, officials said. “This incident is an example of the value of a fire alarm system to provide early occupant notification and a fire sprinkler system where one sprinkler head activated to control the fire and significantly limit the amount of damage and fire spread to the building,” a fire district release said.


DUI charges: Angel F. Hernandez, 22, of the 1100 block of Indian Drive, Elgin, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of aggravated driving under the influence, and misdemeanor counts of driving on a suspended license and resisting a police officer. Bail was set at $3,500, and he was given a Jan. 8 court date.

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