Structure Fire - Rolling Meadows Apartments - 4901 Grand Strand Drive, Apt. 304 - 05/07/2001
Units from the James City County Fire Department responded to a Structure Fire at 2:11 a.m. Sunday morning, May 6th. The caller said that there was a fire in the apartment and that the sprinkler system was operating. Arriving units found a light smoke condition in the apartment, and a sprinkler head had been activated in the kitchen. The fire was located in the kitchen and damaged the cook stove, and the wall and cabinets around the cook stove. The fire damage was described as minor.
The resident, Tiffany Williams of Apartment 304 stated that she had returned home and started cooking french fries. She fell asleep on the couch in the living room and awoke to smoke in the apartment and water flowing from the sprinkler head. She turned the cook stove off, woke up her roommate, called 911, and exited the apartment.
There is water damage to Apartments 204, 104, 302 and 202, which are located below or adjacent to the apartment where the fire occurred. Apartment Management and the Red Cross responded. The residents of two apartments were assisted with temporary housing by the Red Cross. Units from the Williamsburg Fire Department assisted the James City County Fire Department.
We would like to point out the fact that the sprinkler system performed as it was designed to operate. The fact that the resident was asleep and a fire occurred could have led to a very unfortunate ending. The properly operating sprinkler system extinguished the fire before it spread beyond the area of origin, preventing potential loss of life, possible injury, and extensive property damage.