VANCOUVER, Wash. – A fire at a cabinet making shop was suppressed by a sprinkler system, but firefighters had their hands full clearing smoke and putting out hot spots.
Firefighters were alerted to the fire by a commercial fire alarm about 1:30 a.m.
Arriving crews found found smoke coming from Dreamline Cabinets at 2700 NE Andresen Road. They called in additional crews, about 30 firefighters were eventually on scene.
The sprinkler system kept the fire tamped down, but also creates what firefighters call a cold smoke fire. Sprinklers keep fire down, but also make a lot of smoke that lays low in the building. Crews must vent the building before they can go in and put out hot spots.
“The sprinkler system kept the fire in check for the most part, there were some hot spots that we couldn’t get to because of the effects of the sprinklers keeping the smoke down,” said Derrin Deming, a firefighter/paramedic with the Vancouver Fire Department.
Crews did get them all in the end, and kept the fire from spreading to other businesses in the 200 yard long metal building. They cleared the scene by 5 a.m.
Workers from the cabinet shop then moved in and started dealing with the extensive fire and water damage.