Evanston firefighters credited the existence of a sprinkling system and an audible alarm with possibly saving lives of Northwestern University students who lived at a multi-family residence on Emerson Street during a fire Monday evening.
The department responded to a report of a dryer fire at 711 Emerson St. at 9:08 p.m.
As the Engine 21 crew made its way down the second-floor smoke-filled hallway, according to Division Chief Paul Polep, it found the alarm sounding and the sprinkler head activated in the room in which the fire was located.
This kept the fire in check, he said, making it easier for the firemen to contain the blaze.
Nine Northwestern University students lived in the residence, he said, and five of them were home and were alerted to the fire.
Fire Chief Brian Scott said “the fire alarm and sprinkler system worked exactly as designed, saving both lives and property.”
Fire officials noted that when single-family residences are converted to a multi-family residence, city ordinance requires installation of an audible alarm and sprinkler protection system.