Home sprinklers save day in Ridgefield
Official: System limits fire damage to about $30,000
Sunday, April 29, 2012
A sprinkler system is credited for limiting fire damage Sunday to a house in rural Ridgefield.
The fire started in the garage at 5608 N.W. 234th St. about 3:45 p.m., said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire & Rescue.
He said a sprinkler head in the garage was activated and helped firefighters contain the blaze. Damage was estimated at about $30,000.
“This was way out there,” Dawdy said. The owners, Dan and Sherri Willette, were not home. A neighbor saw smoke and called 911.
Seventeen firefighters with five big rigs responded, Dawdy said. The fire is under investigation.
Dawdy said Sherri Willette did not want a sprinkler system put in the home when it was built in 2005. County regulations required it, though.
Now, Dawdy said, “She says she wouldn’t build a house without them.”
Dave Kern: firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-735-4534.