A working sprinkler system inside a downtown-area warehouse is credited with helping contain a rubbish fire that threatened to burn the entire building on Monday.
Shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, July 5, Las Cruces firefighters were dispatched to what was determined to be a rubbish fire at a warehouse at 741 W. Las Cruces Ave. Firefighters entered the warehouse and found heavy smoke and fire along the east wall of the building. The building’s sprinkler system automatically activated, helping contain the fire until crews were able to fully extinguish it.
Firefighters had the fire contained within 15 minutes.
The building was not occupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage estimates are not available.
The Las Cruces Fire Department credits a working sprinkler system with helping prevent the fire from spreading and damaging more of the building. LCFD encourages the professional installation and utilization of a sprinkler or fire suppression system in buildings that do not already have such a system.