Sprinkler system credited for saving burning business

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SOUTH SALT LAKE -- A top-of-the-line sprinkler system may have saved a South Salt Lake business from going up in flames.

The fire broke out at the Teck Advanced Materials plant about 9:45 Friday morning. Workers say it started when chemicals they were using to clean metal got too close to a blow torch.

The workers tried to use fire extinguishers, but the flames and smoke were too intense. That's when the sprinklers kicked in.

"[We] did encounter quite a bit of smoke, flames, but the good thing today is that the sprinkler system inside the building kept the fire in check," said South Salt Lake Fire Chief Steve Foote.

Firefighters say that sprinkler system is considered top-of-the-line because it dumps 100 gallons of water a minute and heat sensors help the sprinkler heads focus on the flames. In the end, there was minimal smoke and water damage.


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