One Activated Sprinkler Head Averts Further Fire Damage in UI Fraternity House Basement

Early Tuesday morning an overstuffed chair in the basement at Phi Kappa Psi at 911 Fourth St. caught on fire. The heat caused a sprinkler head to open and the fire was extinguished within a minute. The water flow switch sent an alarm throughout the building and alerted Champaign Fire. Water damage was minimal as there a concrete floor with a drain nearby. Chief Forsman declared, “Lives were saved because the City of Champaign made the wise decision to require sprinkler systems in these occupancies.”