Ceiling sprinklers save Breckenridge apartments | SummitDaily.com

Ceiling sprinklers save Breckenridge apartments

BRECKENRIDGE – Firefighters credit a ceiling sprinkler with saving a Breckenridge Terrace apartment building on Airport Road from fire Wednesday.

An alarm alerted firefighters about 3 p.m., drawing Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and Red, White and Blue Fire engine crews, as well as Breckenridge police and Summit County Ambulance paramedics. But when firefighters arrived, all they found was smoke.

The apartment unit’s sprinkler system activated because of the heat buildup, according to a statement from Red, White and Blue public information officer Mike Roll, and water put out the flames within minutes.

Roll said the fire likely started on the stovetop and could have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and consumed the building.

“This is a perfect example of why sprinkler systems are so important to firefighting today,” Red, White and Blue Fire Chief Gary Green said. “It not only gives the occupants the time to evacuate safely, but it gives our firefighters the upper hand coming into a sprinkler-protected building.”

Damage was limited to smoke and water, Roll said.

Breckenridge Terrace is a Vail Resorts employee housing complex.

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