March 14 residential structure fire
Fire sprinkler saves home from catastrophic fire damage


March 14, 2019 – A residential fire sprinkler did its job, activating moments after a fire began and likely saving a home from catastrophic damage and a family from potential injury or loss of life.

Redlands Firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire in the 700 block of Creekside Drive shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, March 14.

Medic Engine 262 arrived to find all occupants of the home already evacuated and light smoke coming from the residence.

The fire, which began in an office inside the residence, was contained to that room thanks to activation of the fire sprinkler. Firefighters assisted the homeowner in changing the sprinkler head to keep the system active and with salvage operations to limit the water damage.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Damage from the incident is estimated at approximately $80,000.

The Redlands Fire Department would like to remind residents to check your smoke alarms regularly, and practice exit drills in the home with your family.