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Madison Fire Dept. spread sprinkler awareness after close call

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Fire Department highlights the importance of properly working sprinkler systems.

The announcement comes after an apartment building and its tenants, which are mostly elderly, or disabled, were saved by the system. A fire broke out inside a dryer at the Yahara River View apartment complex on Saturday, March 29th.

No one was injured in the 60-unit complex, and all but six residents were able to return to their apartment.

Fire officials say without the quick activation of the sprinkler system, the outcome could have been much worse.

Madison Fire Chief Steve Davis says, "Had the sprinkler system not activated in the fire we certainly woulda had a lot of destruction, potentially some fatalities, certainly some injuries and we were just fortunate that the sprinkler system did its job."

A webster street apartment complex without a sprinkler system suffered a different fate back in 2011, when a fire destroyed 24 of its 30 units and closed down a restaurant.


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