Fire-sprinkler system may have saved Valley Junction
January 4, 2010
A fire at a store called That Irish Shoppe
in Valley Junction
was kept under control by a sprinkler system
on Sunday. Valley Junction is the original downtown area of West Des Moines, and its tightly-spaced buildings are at the same risk of rapidly-spreading fire as other downtown areas from the pre-automobile era. It happened in the Iowa towns of Maquoketa
in January 2008, Lake Park
in December 2008, and Paullina
last month. Fire-suppression systems depend upon reliable municipal water supplies
, which are often pressurized through a combination of elevated storage tanks and pressure-booster pump stations
Did you know?
Elevated storage tanks often include products like clearwell baffle curtains
and duckbill check valves
, both of which are used in systems to keep the water properly mixed and safely stored.
last revised January 2010