Submitted by McKinney Fire Department
Update on fire at the Dollar Tree Store from McKinney Fire Department:
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 4, McKinney 9-1-1 began receiving calls that a man had entered the Dollar Tree Store at 3001 S. Central Expressway, sprayed lighter fluid and ignited a fire in a storage area at the rear of the building. More than 12 McKinney Fire Dept. units and 34 personnel responded, as well as multiple police officers.
Upon confirming that employees and customers had safely exited the store, other businesses in the retail center were evacuated as a precautionary measure. A short time later, the suspected arsonist exited the premises, by now filled with toxic smoke. The man was immediately arrested.
While businesses located on either side of the Dollar Tree received smoke and water damage, the fire did not spread beyond the store. According to Fire Prevention Chief Dwayne Henderson, sprinkler heads in the immediate area of the fire activated prior to Fire Department arrival, preventing spread of flames to other areas of the building, or to other businesses.
Henderson stated, “The active fire protection system – the fire sprinklers – worked as designed – only the sprinkler head(s) at the location of the fire operated – not all the sprinklers in the building. The spread of fire was limited and much easier for MFD units to control and extinguish.”
The benefits of fire sprinkler systems in certain commercial structures and multi-family housing properties has long been recognized and mandated; but, according to MFD spokesperson Stacie Durham, sprinkler systems can be equally effective in private residences. “Most fire deaths occur at home, at night, while people are sleeping. Residential fire sprinkler systems can contain, control, and often extinguish the fire prior to arrival of emergency responders.”
The McKinney Fire Department encourages citizens to consider including a residential fire sprinkler system as you construct your new home or renovate your existing home. According to the American Fire Sprinkler Association the cost to install a system, from design to installation and operation is approximately $2 per sprinklered square foot.
Fire Chief Danny Kistner observed, “Residential fire sprinkler systems are an excellent tool to protect what you value most. They save lives and property.”
For additional information on residential fire sprinkler systems visit www.homefiresprinkler.org
McKinney Firefighters and Police took care of a fire after a man ran inside a store at Eldorado Parkway and US 75, sprayed lighter fluid and ignited a fire on Monday afternoon, June 4.
Michael O’Keefe’s First Response Photography of McKinney was among first on the scene.
Workers can be seen at the Dollar Tree, which is located in the Kohls shopping center.
Don’t miss the photo gallery below, including a note left by the alleged arsonist.
The McKinney Fire Department is your resource for life safety information and has experts to help you increase the safety and survivability of your loved ones and your property from the devastating effects of fire and other hazards. For additional information visit www.mckinneyfire.org or call 972-547-2893.