Wednesday, December 29, 2010

If Your Place Catches Fire, Make Sure It Happens During Normal Business Hours

Good work on the Eureka Fire Department.  Yen Chin Restaurant has some serious fire damage but the entire 500 block of F St. in Old Town Eureka could have gone up if?
Here's a paragraph from the press release, followed by the entire release. "Had this fire occurred later at night, delayed notification of the fire department would have resulted in a much larger fire."
At 9:30 PM last night, Sunday December 26th, 2010 units from the Eureka Fire Department and Humboldt Fire District #1 responded to a commercial structure fire at the Yen Chin restaurant, 525 “F” Street, Eureka. A second alarm was requested, triggering remaining available units to respond to the fire scene, and Arcata Fire Department providing mutual aid response to the scene as well.
  They entered the restaurant through the front door and extinguished an active and growing fire on the first floor.
Smoke had spread through the second and third floors of the building through open stairwells and vertical openings.  Crews were on scene for an extended period of time ventilating the smoke and searching for fire extension.  The last crews left the scene at approximately 1:00 AM.
There was extensive fire, heat and smoke damage to the restaurant.
The cause of the fire in under investigation.
This fire could have been much more significant.  The restaurant is located mid block in an older commercial area.  The relatively early stage of the fire when it was noticed resulted in extinguishment of the fire just before it grew to a point where it spread to the rest of the building.  A major fire in the building could have resulted in damage to one or more of the neighboring commercial structures.
Had this fire occurred later at night, delayed notification of the fire department would have resulted in a much larger fire.
This fire would have been easily extinguished by an automatic fire sprinkler system with a fraction of the damage.  Nationally, Fire sprinklers have successfully extinguished over 96% of fires in buildings equipped with functioning systems.


 

1 comment:

  1. O.K. 9:30 pm isn't normal business hours for a bank, but for a restaurant it is. I'm glad that someone was there to report it and they were able to respond so fast.

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