Tallahassee, Florida- August 20, 2012
At 12:25 a.m., units from the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a fire alarm activation at Capital Lanes, 820 Capital Circle North East. The alarm indicated that a sprinkler head was flowing water inside the building which is usually an indication of a fire. When units from Station 6 arrived, they encountered smoke coming from the rear of the bowling alley. Firefighters forced entry into the rear of the building and found a small fire burning inside a clothes dryer, as well as a sprinkler head flowing water above the dryer.
Firefighters quickly extinguished what remained of the fire burning inside the dryer and began removing water from the building. Damages from the fire were estimated at $1,000 and confined to the area of origin. Officials at Capital Lanes say the bowling lanes were not damaged as a result of the fire and that the bowling alley remains open for business. No injuries were reported at the scene and the fire was ruled accidental and likely started as a result of overheating.
The Tallahassee Fire Department responds to an average of 3,000 commercial/residential fire alarm activations per year throughout Leon County. Each alarm is assumed to be a true emergency until firefighters arrive on scene to determine otherwise.
Automatic sprinkler systems like the one in use at Capital Lanes are designed to control or suppress a fire during its early stages, greatly reducing the loss of property and possibly life.