Trump Tower Fire - (3/3/2016)
Sprinklers help extinguish small fire at Trump Tower
• Sprinkler advocate contrasts outcome with Hancock fire, without sprinklers, that caused injuries
||(Left) Trump International Hotel & Tower in River North. The 50th floor is one floor below the building’s third setback, seen in the upper left corner. (Click on image to view larger version.)
19-Feb-16 – A trash compactor on the 50th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower was the source of a small fire on Thursday.
At about 9 a.m., the compactor produced smoke and enough heat to activate sprinklers on the residential floor, which “held the fire at bay,” according to Chicago Fire Department.
CPD personnel extinguished the fire and made sure smoke had not accumulated elsewhere in the 98-story building. They also helped mop up water and keep it away from elevator shafts.
There were no injuries, no evacuation, and no significant damage, in contrast with a fire last November at John Hancock Center one mile north of Trump Tower that also started in a condo unit on the 50th floor.
That fire was caused by a candle. It injured five people and took an hour and a half to extinguish. The residential floors of the 100-story building, finished in 1969, do not have fire sprinklers.
The executive director of the non-profit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, which advocates for sprinkler systems, says fire sprinklers are important for life safety and property protection in high-rises.
|“The fire sprinkler save at the Trump Tower today is a perfect example of the benefits of fire sprinklers,” said Thomas Lia (right). “A high-rise without fire sprinklers is not a safe place to live.”
According to Lia, who was Fire Marshall for the Orland Fire Protection District southwest of Chicago, more than 80 older residential high-rises have retrofitted fire sprinklers.
“New high-rises with fire sprinklers and older high-rises that have retrofitted fire sprinklers are those that will be the most fire-safe and marketable to safety-conscious buyers and renters.”
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At the United Association of Sprinkler Fitters, Local 281, we are responsible for protecting businesses, schools, homes, and, more importantly, precious lives, from the devastation of fire. It is no wonder we take our jobs so seriously.
Too many cut corners by not installing reliable automatic sprinkler systems. In the event of a fire, these shortcuts can lead to immeasurable damage. Statistics show that buildings with proper fire protection systems suffer twenty-four percent less damage and fire loss than unsprinkled properties.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 1983 to 1987, damage from hotel fires was seventy-eight percent less in buildings with sprinkler systems, than those without. The water damage from automatic sprinkler systems is considerably less than from a fire department's hose stream because sprinkler systems require a minimal amount of water to operate. Oftentimes, a fire is brought under control by only three sprinkler heads, sometimes even fewer.
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