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Sprinkler system stops laundry room fire at NE Bend rehabilitation facility

Laundry cart burned in fire stopped by sprinklers Sunday at Pilot Butte Rehabilitation Center
Bend Fire & Rescue
Laundry cart burned in fire stopped by sprinklers Sunday at Pilot Butte Rehabilitation Center

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A laundry room fire Sunday afternoon at Pilot Butte Rehabilitation in northeast Bend was stopped by the facility’s fire sprinkler system, an official said.

A fire alarm report was received by Bend Fire & Rescue just after 3:30 p.m. It soon was upgraded to a structure fire response after staff found smoke coming from the laundry room of the facility, in the 1800 block of Northeast Highway 20, Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Bond said.

Crews arrived to find that the sprinkler system had activated and completed putting it out, Bond said. There were no injuries and minimal heat and water damage. No smoke entered the patient area of the building, the official added.

The exact cause of the fire was under investigation, Bond said. The fire sprinkler and alarm systems were back in operation in about two hours.

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  1. Sometimes it’s such a challenge reading articles on this site. ‘Smoking’ coming from a laundry basket? I assume that meant ‘smoke’. and it is obvious to all us lay-fire marshalls out here that either a hot object was left in the hamper, or oily rags.

  2. Point taken. I will cease sarcastic comments. But, Barney, you really do miss the point. These mistakes have been occurring for years. It would take about one minute per article to eliminate them, but you (and your reporters) obviously do not make the effort. That shows disrespect to your readers, and is unprofessional. I say that as a former writer and newspaper publisher. I blanched whenever we had one such error per 24-page edition, and you have them daily. Tell me, if every time you took your car in to be professionally washed, it came back with a big unwashed spot on the middle of your hood, and you pointed it out every time, would you just say, I need to be more polite?

    1. I find typos in the New York Times, on major news websites all the time. I’d say our average error rate is pretty darn low for the volume of content we produce.
      “Unwashed spot on the middle of your hood” isn’t a fair comparison, IMHO.
      Spell check, even grammar check only go so far. It’s always been harder to spot one’s own typos, and we don’t have ranks/fleets of editors (who miss things too) like larger websites.
      I get the point. And believe we do darn well. Never perfect. No one is.

      1. Just out of curiosity, do you know when “proof readers” disappeared? Every newspaper, magazine, news station, etc., used to have at least one or more. This isn’t a ding at you or KTVZ, just something that crossed my mind, based on flashsteve’s comment.

        1. You could blame Google/Facebook sucking up all the digital ad revenue, putting the hurt on media outlets.
          I’m sure the papers still have proofreaders. That’s never been a full-time job in broadcast journalism, but there are other challenges.

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