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Posted on: February 26, 2019

Fire sprinklers shut down flames at Montessori school in McKinney

Montessori School Fire

The McKinney Fire Department received a report of a structure fire at approximately 10 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 22 at Wonderland Montessori, 3132 Hudson Crossing. A person passing by the building called 9-1-1 after hearing the alarm and seeing the flashing strobe lights. When firefighters got inside, they found that two fire sprinkler heads kept the flames from spreading. There was minor damage to a cabinet area. An investigation is underway into why the system did not notify the alarm company. The alarm company would then have called 911.

“This is exactly how fire sprinklers are supposed to work,” said McKinney Fire Marshal Mike Smith. “In this incident, the building was empty and the fire would have gotten much further if the sprinklers hadn’t kicked in.”

Fact: Fire sprinklers are activated by heat, so only the sprinklers closest to the flames will be activated. This limits water damage to the rest of the structure.

Find more safety information on the Fire Department website or on the National Fire Protection website.

About McKinney
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of nearly 190,000 and serves as the county seat for Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown and cultural district, diverse housing options, a trendy culinary scene, and a uniquely beautiful natural setting with rolling hills and lush trees. The city is home to the top-rated McKinney National Airport and serves as the headquarters to many Fortune 500 companies and a burgeoning set of cutting-edge technology companies. McKinney offers the perfect mix for successful business development: a highly educated workforce, availability of land for expansion, convenient location to the DFW area and a nationally-acclaimed quality of life.

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