Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on January 10, 2013, Rancho Cucamonga firefighters responded to a reported structure fire in the 11600 block of Amelia Dr. in Rancho Cucamonga.
The first arriving fire units found the family outside with no visible signs of fire from the exterior of the home. Upon entering the house, crews discovered a fire inside the wall shared by the attached garage. The fire had been smoldering in the wall for awhile, which eventually burned a hole in the fire sprinkler pipe within the wall and caused the water from the sprinkler pipe to contain the fire. Firefighters completely extinguished the fire, mitigating further property damage and saving the family's house.
The Fire Investigator determined this was an electrical caused fire. Property damages are estimated at $5,000. Three adults were home at the time of the incident, but safely evacuated without injury. Since the water and electrical were shutoff to the home, the family will be displaced until repairs are made.
Although fire sprinklers are designed to contain a fire so that occupants have ample time to safely escape, this fire sprinkler system kept the fire in check, saving the $250,000 from further property damage.