Fire – 1450 Washington Street

Video: Garbage Fire at 1450 Washington St. in Hoboken, NJ

Below is raw video of the fire that smelled up the premises at 1450 Washington earlier this evening. HFD did a fine job putting it out. However, do buildings like this only have “active” sprinkler heads when the retail space is complete? Seems like it would have saved some trouble if at least some sprinklers were working. Who knows – maybe they were, but it didn’t look like it from my perspective.

Hoboken battles another fire – 1450 Washington Street

Boy, the Hoboken Fire Department is being kept busy these days! On the heels of the destructive fire at 300 Washington Street, we had another fire break out in the newly constructed Toll Brothers building at 1450 Washington Street.

It appeared to have started in the unoccupied large retail space on the Bloomfield Street side of the building, and was mostly comprised of construction garbage, plastic dumpsters boxes and other debris.

No word on what the cause was – but it looks like no one was hurt. Good job HFD again for managing the situation. Video to follow.

Fire 1450 Washington Street Hoboken NJ February 22 2012 - Fire - 1450 Washington Street

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 10:06 am

411- the way sprinklers work is this, the water in the pipes is always there and ready to go. Fire Sprinkler heads are color coded by the color of liquid in the bulb (little glass piece in the sprinkler head).

An orange colored liquid in the bulb means it is rated at 135 degrees, red 155, green 200, and blue 286. If the temperature of the sprinkler head reaches the color coded temperature, the bulb will break and the fire sprinkler will activate. Other sprinklers in the area will not begin to dispense water unless each individual sprinkler head reaches the specified temperature for which it is rated.

therefore there would be no need to shut down anything on other floors because unless there were flames and heat present (in which case since the construction is cement, if you have that much head it’s not rising up – you probably have fire to go with it) the sprinklers wouldn’t activate.

Pre-Action systems, typically found in areas prone to freezing (warehouse space, etc) or water sensitive areas (studios, server and electrical rooms, etc) work similarly but charge the pipes with compressed air instead of water so that in the event a leak develops or a sprinkler head is accidentally damaged, only the air leaks out not water. Water is not allowed into the pipes by an electronic valve unless smoke and heat detectors also activate indicating a real fire condition.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:38 pm

Possible, but I wonder why the residential units would have working sprinklers but the retail space wouldn’t.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:36 pm

Were you listening to the radio when it went off? FD was talking about shutting down the sprinklers, so they were set off in some location.

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