Fire officials credit an alarm and sprinkler system for preventing what could have been a potentially tragic fire at an assisted living facility.
"If the sprinkler system wasn't there, people wouldn't have gotten out of there. No way," said the fire marshal.
More than 20 residents of the assisted living facility were forced to evacuate the three-story building at about 4:52 a.m. when fire broke out in a wall.
A fire alarm at the facility for people with mental disabilities alerted the fire department, which had firefighters on the scene within four minutes.
By the time they arrived, the sprinkler system had contained much of the blaze.
No one was injured, and damage was limited to four rooms and the hallways.
Fire safety measures, such as the smoke detector, sprinkler system and fire alarm and training drills, saved lives, officials said.
Residents of the facility had just gone through a fire drill Tuesday, the day before the fire.
The fire marshal can't say enough about taking proper safety precautions.
"A sprinkler system is like having a firefighter in your house 24/7," he said. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Tue, August 18, 2009
by Robert Carter