Early morning blaze at Langford paint store halted by sprinkler system
Fire investigators survey the scene after a fire broke out at a Cloverdale Paint store in Langford. Mon., April 24, 2017. (CTV Vancouver Island)
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Monday, April 24, 2017 1:11PM PDT
A Langford paint store has its sprinkler system to thank for putting a stop to what could have been a devastating blaze.
Flames broke out at Cloverdale Paint on Langford Parkway at around 4 a.m. Monday morning, according to Langford Fire Rescue.
“When we arrived there was heavy smoke showing from the building,” said Asst. Fire Chief Chris Aubrey. “The sprinkler system had just activated and was containing the fire, but we did have to force the front door and make entry, and put the fire out.”
It’s believed the blaze caused the store’s motion sensors to go off, activating the alarm.
“Should there not have been a sprinkler system it would’ve been a very significant fire,” said Aubrey.
The cause is not yet known but the fire isn’t considered suspicious, investigators said.
Damage to the building is estimated to be approximately $75,000 and the store will remain closed for an unknown amount of time.