Sprinklers Douse Lansdowne Woods High-rise Fire

The cause of a fire on an enclosed balcony in an 11-story Lansdowne Woods building remains under investigation, but fire officials said the sprinkler system played a critical role in limited the damage.

Crews were called to the Cypress Ridge Terrace building just after 3:30 p.m., Saturday, to respond to an automatic fire alarm. The fire was in a third-floor apartment and had been suppressed by the building’s automatic fire sprinkler system before crews arrived. Fire and rescue personnel completed the extinguishment of the fire and assisted with removing smoke from the structure and safeguarding the occupants. The occupants of two apartments were displaced pending repairs. No injuries were reported.

The initial damage estimate was $200,000.

“If the sprinkler heads had not been in place and operated as designed, this fire could have been significantly more severe,” stated System Chief Keith Johnson. “This incident is a prime example of the positive impact of a fire protection alarm and automatic sprinkler system. A small fire triggered the monitored fire alarm system and firefighters were dispatched immediately and the fire was quickly contained by the automatic sprinkler system. The sprinkler activation kept the fire under control until firefighters could get on scene and damages to the building were directly minimized.”

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