Firefighters Show Value of Sprinklers by Burning Rooms

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter


By Forrest Saunders

MARION, Iowa - The Marion Fire Department doused some fierce flames at the Marion Airport Sunday morning. But, don’t worry. It was all staged.

The department was trying to teach people how much of a lifesaver sprinkler systems can be by lighting two rooms on fire.

The room with a sprinkler stopped flames within seconds, before they could spread to furniture and carpet. The other room didn’t fare as well.

“Within three minutes that room flashed over. Within about 30 seconds to a minute, the smoke levels in that room were fatal. It just goes to show the advantage of having a sprinkler system,” said Captain Wade Markley with the Marion Fire Department.

Fire officials said about every two hours and ten minutes a fire kills someone in the US. They said it costs about a $1.60 per square foot to add a sprinkler system to your house.

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