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Fire Sprinklers Save Wilmington Classroom

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 |

On Tuesday, July 5, 2005 at 2:31 AM PDT, four Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters and one Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance under the Command of Battalion Chief Patrick Butler responded to a Structure Fire at 1754 Gulf Avenue in Wilmington.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover a small fire in one classroom at "Wilmington Middle School" held in check by a properly functioning fire sprinkler system. The flames were fully extinguished by Firefighters in just sixteen minutes.

There were no injuries.

Loss from the fire is estimated at $8,000 ($3,000 structure and $5,000 contents). The cause of this early morning blaze was determined to be electrical in nature, and is attributed to a computer power supply that may have been left on during the long holiday weekend.

Los Angeles School Police were summoned to secure the building.


Debbie Pirruccello said...

The lack of sprinklers in U.S. schools is a major problem. This fire serves as further proof that fire sprinklers save lives and property. Why won't the school officials in this country listen to the facts? What price for the lives of our children, teachers,administrators and firefighters?

- concerned mother and advocate of fire sprinklers in all school buildings.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for your passionate message. Firefighters urge parents and adult students to closely examine schools, dormitories, camps, day care facilities and recreation centers for fire safety.

That includes the absence of fire prone or exit-blocking clutter and the obvious presence of fire sprinklers, extinguishers, alarm systems, emergency exits and most importantly - the training and commitment of both staff and students!

Debbie, best wishes to you in your important endeavor!

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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