sábado, junio 22

Fire at JC Penney in Yuma saved by sprinklers

YUMA, Arizona. _ On Thursday September 1, 2022, just after 4:00 pm, a water flow alarm, indicating a sprinkler head going off, was received from the J.C. Penney store at 1375 S. Yuma Palms Parkway. Arriving Yuma Fire Department personnel found the building being evacuated and smoke in the building. Firefighters found the source of the heavy smoke was a fire in a shoe department storage room. Three separate sprinkler heads had activated, containing and extinguishing the fire. There were no injuries reported.

Firefighters ensured the fire was completely extinguished and worked to shut down the water flow.  Fire damage was contained to the storage room with smoke and water damage to other parts of the building. Burned materials were removed from the store. The store was closed to customers but will be able to reopen once clean-up and repairs have been done. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Fire sprinkler systems can keep fires from spreading and can also extinguish them. Fire spreads quickly and can double in size every minute. Even small fires can cause significant damage to property, with smoke causing additional damage and endangering those in the structure. Contrary to many Hollywood portrayals, only sprinkler heads directly exposed to the heat activate, not those in the rest of the room, building, or complex.