Automatic Sprinkler Extinguishes Fire In East Side Storage Room

Incident Type: 
Saturday, January 1, 2022 - 9:24am
Saturday, January 1, 2022 - 9:29am
4000 block Nakoosa Trail
Madison, WI

An automatic fire sprinkler is credited for catching and extinguishing an accidental fire at an east side shelter.

Engine Co. 5 was dispatched to 4006 Nakoosa Trail to investigate a fire alarm. The call was upgraded to a full structure fire response upon reports that sprinklers had activated in the building.

Crews arrived to find water flowing out from a storage room. Inside, a number of items, including clothing and cardboard boxes, were damaged from fire but the fire was already out. Investigators determined the fire started as a result of stored items being placed too close to a heating source in that room. The fire generated enough radiant heat to activate a nearby sprinkler head, resulting in prompt extinguishment prior to MFD’s arrival.

The fire was contained to the area of origin, and nobody was injured or displaced.

Posted 01/03/2022 - 2:04pm

Cynthia Schuster (Public Information Officer)