Sprinklers stop Elgin apartment fire

Daily Herald report
Updated 2/25/2012 8:03 PM

A sprinkler system helped keep a fire that started in a ninth-floor apartment from spreading to other units of the 10-story building Saturday afternoon, Elgin fire officials said.

Firefighters received the alarm of an activated fire suppression system at 120 S. State Street in Elgin at 4:41 p.m.


Responders arrived in about two minutes and found that a sprinkler in a ninth-floor unit had been activated.

Firefighters took the elevator to the seventh floor and walked up the remaining way. There was a large amount of water coming from the affected unit, but the fire which appeared to have started in the kitchen area was already out, officials said.

No one was injured and the only significant damage to the apartment and at least one below was from water. All but the unit where the fire began remain habitable.

The investigation into the cause of the fire remained in progress Saturday night.


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