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Fire sprinkler extinguishes fire at retirement home

Posted August 21, 2008

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— A single sprinkler head extinguished a bedroom fire in a retirement home late Wednesday night, firefighters said Thursday evening.

When Carrboro firefighters responded to the Carolina Springs Apartments on West Poplar Avenue at 11:01 p.m. Wednesday, they found heavy smoke but no fire in a second-floor apartment.

A mattress in the apartment had burned, but the fire was completely extinguished by the sprinkler system prior to firefighters arriving.

Everyone inside the building was safely evacuated.

Two residents were displaced by the fire. Damage was estimated at $45,000, slightly above initial estimates.


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  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Aug 22, 2008

    Good news. Definitely a value in having a sprinkler system in a retirement dwelling.

  • Glass Half Full Aug 22, 2008

    Smoking in bed?

    Sprinklers are worth every cent!

  • wxfreak Aug 22, 2008

    Those things actually work? I'm amazed

  • PraiseHim Aug 22, 2008

    That's good news that we don't hear of very often. Glad everyone was okay.