An interior sprinkler system left firefighters from the Woodside Fire Protection District with little to do by the time they arrived in full gear at a reported structure fire at 30 Buck Court in Woodside shortly before 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The sprinkler system had already extinguished what appears to have been an electrical fire in the home office, Battalion Chief Don Romero told The Almanac. A computer and miscellaneous papers burned, but the fire did not damage the house and there were no injuries, Mr. Romero said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Estimated damages of $27,000 includes about $7,500 in water damage. "The consequence of a sprinkler system is that it does create water damage," Mr. Romero said, but that's preferable to fire damage.
About 22 firefighters arrived at 8:53 p.m. to see "light smoke coming off the building," Mr. Romero said. The district responded with five engine trucks, a ladder truck, and two battalion chiefs to manage the firefighting crews -- standard for a structure fire, he said.
In this incident, the crews cleared smoke from the building, shut off the water to the one sprinkler head that had been activated, and vacuumed up the sprinkler water from the floor, Mr. Romero said.