On Sunday, July 24 at 8:52 p.m., Mountain View Communications received a phone call from a fire alarm monitoring company reporting a fire coming from an apartment in a multi-family residence in the 600 block of Franklin Street. The occupants of the apartment and the neighboring apartments self-evacuated before firefighters arrived.
Units were dispatched at 8:52 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 8:55 p.m. Units arrived to find a sprinkler system activated in a kitchen due to a cooking mishap. A resident was seasoning frying pans, and the ensuing heat rose to a level causing the sprinklers to activate.
Firefighters discontinued the water flow from the sprinklers, confirmed there was no fire extension into the building, and performed an overhaul of the structure. Firefighters began salvage operations to remove water from the affected unit and the unit below. Traffic was closed in both directions of Franklin Street.
The affected resident declined assistance from the American Red Cross. The resident made arrangements to stay locally with a friend. The residents in the apartment below were permitted to return to their unit. Firefighters restored the sprinkler system to the building. Traffic was reopened to both directions of Franklin Street.
The incident concluded with no injuries. The estimated damage to the contents and structure is $30,000. The building was turned over to facilities maintenance for continued repairs to the two apartments.