Sprinkler Systems Save Apartment After Kitchen Fire in La Plata

September 9, 2019

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, at approximately 12:45 p.m., firefighters from La Plata and surrounding departments responded to 600 Edelen Station Place in La Plata, for the reported structure fire.

Crews arrived on the scene to a 3-story apartment complex with nothing evident. Upon further investigation, firefighters found a microwave on fire in the kitchen with extensions to the surrounding wall.

Firefighters reported the sprinkler systems kept the fire under control with minimal damage to the residence.

All photos are courtesy of the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, and The Charles County Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services. http://www.ccvfireems.org/

No injuries were reported.




4 Responses to Sprinkler Systems Save Apartment After Kitchen Fire in La Plata

  1. Anonymous on September 9, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Proof that firefighters often times do as much, or even more damage than a fire.
    Of course this is not popular to voice.

    • breakingdrywall on September 10, 2019 at 4:04 am

      It’s ‘unpopular’ because its wrong. If you have something like a range or in this case microwave and surrounding cabinetry on fire, you have to open up the wall behind the appliance to make sure the fire hasn’t gotten into the structure of the building. Looks messy but is necessary. No point ‘saving’ 200 bucks worth of drywall and come back 2 hrs later to find the apartment above on fire.

      • Jacy Wade on September 10, 2019 at 9:10 am

        You are so right! It’s much better to be sure you’ve gotten all the hot spots, than to return to a raging fire later. I’d rather have to replace some drywall, than a whole kitchen or apartment.

      • OldTruckOfficer on September 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm

        Exactly! Even small kitchen fires are notorious from getting into the pipe chase and going up to the floor above, or into the adjoining apartment. I’ve even seen fire drop down to the unit below. Pull those cabinets down and open it up!