A fire that started in a large commercial dryer at the BAPS Cultural Center in Bartlett last week was held in place by a sprinkler until fire crews arrived, preventing the possible loss of a suburban landmark, authorities say.
Occupants of the building at 1851 S. Route 59 were quickly notified to evacuate by the fire alarm system at 9:39 p.m. Jan. 3,
Damage was limited to the dryer and smoke damage to the immediate area around it.
"The building where the fire occurred is very large and unique," Bartlett Fire Protection District Fire Chief Michael Falese said. "Without a fire sprinkler system, this could have been a very significant fire with millions of dollars of damage and a loss of a landmark facility."