The Longview Fire Department today showed why a home fire sprinkler system is never a bad idea.
At Longview's Safety City, fire crews set two 8X8 structures on fire, one equipped with a sprinkler and one without.
Within ten seconds of detecting heat and smoke, the sprinkler system begins dousing the blaze. The other structure becomes a blazing inferno in less than a minute. Fire marshal's say sprinklers will help save homes and lives.
"Clearly our demonstration has proven the value in home sprinkler systems. Over the past decade we've been averaging 3 to 4-thousand fire related fatalities in the United States a year," says Longview Fire Marshal Thomas Mock.
Fire marshal's say a sprinkler system could reduce the risk of home fire deaths by 82-percent.
Bob Hallmark, reporting.