Fire sprinkler extinguishes garage fire


On July 24, at 2:02 a.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District responded to a residential fire in the 10000 block of Lone Dove Street in 4S Ranch. When they arrived on scene, firefighters found that a single sprinkler head had activated and extinguished a fire in the garage near the water heater. One person was home at the time and was able to safely evacuate the home.

“No doubt this would have been a fully-involved garage fire in the sprinkler system was not present,” said Battalion Chief Fred Cox. “This is an excellent example of how residential fire sprinkler systems can save lives and property.”

After the firefighters made sure the fire was out and restored the fire sprinkler system, the occupant of the home was allowed to return to the residence.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. To learn more about residential fire sprinkler systems and how to properly maintain them, please visit the RSF Fire District’s Fire Protection Systems website at