Sprinkler system could have helped in Anchorage warehouse fire

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Fire damage at a Ship Creek warehouse could have been diminished if a sprinkler system had been in place, according to an Anchorage fire investigator.

The fire Thursday caused at least $2 million in damage at the 10,000-square-foot structure. It mostly contained household goods of about 30 families.

An alarm system company alerted firefighters to the two-alarm blaze shortly after 5 a.m. The building housed Alison's Relocations Inc.

Warehouses smaller than 12,000-square-feet are not required by the city to have sprinklers, said investigator Dan Diehl. But those that have stock piled at least 12 feet high are required to have sprinklers. The Post Road business had crates stacked 18 feet high, Diehl said.

''The sprinklers would have put this (fire) out,'' Diehl said.

The building was insured, but its contents were not insured by the company, Diehl said.

Investigators did not expect to assess the cause of the fire until Friday because of debris and smoke inside the warehouse.

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