Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 10:10 am
On March 4 just after midnight the Tomball Fire Department was dispatched to the Goodwill Donation and Processing Center located at 28541 Tomball Parkway for an automatic fire alarm.
According to the Tomball Fire Marshall, while responding to the alarm, firefighters received additional information that a water flow sensor and a smoke detector had activated. Arriving on location within four minutes, firefighters gained entry using the Knox key box system.
Firefighters were met with light smoke. Upon further investigation they located the source of the smoke which was coming from a small fire at A processing workstation.
The automatic fire sprinkler head directly above the fire had activated and extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to the workstation.
The Tomball Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. With the assistance of Goodwill Loss Prevention, they were able to review video surveillance and confirm the origin of the fire. The cause continues to be under investigation at this time. The fire appears to be accidental.
When management arrived they were surprised to learn that only the fire sprinkler head above the fire was the only sprinkler head that activated unlike what people see in the movies.
Damage was estimated at $2,500. Property value saved is estimated at $1.2 million. A 2012 remodel was completed to this building of more than 20,000 square feet.