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Burn demonstration shows families how quickly fires spread


Sioux City firefighters are getting their hoses ready to fight a fire before it even starts.

At this station open house, firefighters prepared two identical rooms to show how quickly fire spreads and how sprinklers help.

"Once the temperature of the ceiling reaches 135 degrees, this fuse will break, allowing the water to freely flow through the sprinkler system.

"So, it really cuts back on the fire damage," said Jesse Pedersen, public information officer for Sioux City Fire & Rescue.

A small trash can, filled with papers, was ignited with a lighter. Then, the crowd and crews waited intently for the fire to grow.

"It was nice because we had all of our kids and really gave them the idea of how important it is to get out immediately," said Katrina Aesoph of Sioux City.

The kids aren't the only ones learning a lesson from this demonstration. The firefighters get a nice refresher as well.

"It reminds us how fast a fire can take off and it gives us a real sense of the heat that's there," said Pedersen.

"It was impressive, shocking, and scary, all at the same time," said Rachael Duncan of Sioux City.

Once the flames got high enough, firefighters quickly knocked it out.

"It's amazing how quickly a fire, even one as small as the one in the trash can destroy a room, a matter of seconds," said Aesoph.

The sprinkler-filled room was left smoking, but it could have been much worse.

"The walls are still white, the curtains are still there. All that fire was contained to that one trash can and couch cushion area, and everything else is still usable," said Duncan.

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