Sprinklers limit fire damage to newly built Hopkinton home

HOPKINTON, MA – Home fire sprinklers saved a newly built home in Hopkinton this week, limiting damage from a blaze that could otherwise have caused major damage to the unoccupied residence, the Hopkinton Fire Chief said. , William R. Miller, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. in a joint press release on Friday.

Hopkinton firefighters responded to the Weston Lane area following an alarm notification shortly before 11pm on Wednesday. Upon arrival, they found a sprinkler activation on the first floor of the end unit of a three-unit townhouse, with heavy smoke conditions on the second floor. A sprinkler head had activated, limiting the fire and damaging a small area of ​​the dining room.

“This is the third sprinkler rescue in this development in the last three years, and each involved a single sprinkler head containing the fire and limiting the damage,” Miller said. “Without them, any of these fires could have caused significant damage, injury or worse. Residential fire sprinklers have proven their worth time and time again in our community.”

“Modern home fires burn hotter and faster than they did decades ago,” Ostroskey said. “Household fire sprinklers have been proven to increase survival and reduce property damage during these fires. They can control, contain, and even extinguish a fire while firefighters are on the road, using a fraction of the water that a fire hose would use.”

The unit recently received its certificate of occupancy, officials said. The fire originated in the dining room in the area of ​​paint and stain supplies that had been used as workers prepared for the owner’s move-in. The joint investigation by Hopkinton Fire Department and State Police investigators assigned to the Office of the Fire Marshal found no evidence that the fire was started intentionally.

The most likely cause was the burning of oily rags, which has sparked several residential fires in recent weeks – including one that claimed the life of a teenager in Agawam last month. The oils in some paints, stains and varnishes give off heat as they dry and can ignite if the rags are left in a pile or in a confined space. Firefighters recommend drying these rags individually outdoors, then placing them with water and detergent in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid.