The investigation into the cause of a fire Thursday at a Forest River plant in Dallas, Ore., is ongoing, but fire officials know one thing for sure: the RV manufacturing plant’s interior sprinklers saved the day, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer reports.
“The sprinkler system, it worked perfectly,” said Fred Hertel, Dallas fire chief.
Firefighters were called to the plant at about 11:55 a.m. By the time fire crews arrived, Forest River’s workers had been evacuated.
Firefighters on scene told the Itemizer-Observer that the fire appeared to have started on the outside of the building – though that hasn’t been officially confirmed yet – and traveled up the wall. The blaze triggered the sprinkler system, which knocked down the fire that had spread to the inside of the building.
Hertel said given the size of the building, without the sprinkler system, the fire could have easily gotten out of control. Thankfully, the blaze was contained to one section of the wall on the back side at the plant.
“It’s just a little fire,” Hertel said. “The sprinkler system prevented this from getting beyond our capabilities.”
The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting the investigation.