Fire sprinklers quell newsroom fire

Thursday, June 20, 2013

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—An air handling unit caught fire in the newsroom of the Vindicator, a newspaper in Youngstown, Ohio, on June 18, but a sprinkler system quickly contained it, according to an article from the paper itself.

Though the Youngstown Fire Department responded within minutes, the majority of the fire had been doused by the building’s sprinkler system, the article noted. No one was hurt in the fire, which was contained entirely in a small area of the pressroom.

The fire started as workers were replacing belts on the air handling unit, which produced sparks.

“The good things are no one was injured, we will print on time and the alarm and sprinkler systems worked as planned,” Mark A. Brown, general manager of the paper, was quoted as saying in the article.

Upon arrival, the firefighters turned off the sprinklers and began clearing the smoke and water from the facility.