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Fire sprinklers save Del Taco franchise in Yuma

Wiring inside freezer unit where fire started

Fire sprinklers extinguish flame in walk-in freezer

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KSWT, KECY) - Just after 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, Yuma Fire Department (YFD) responded to a fire alarm at the Del Taco restaurant on East 32nd Street.

YFD personnel found the Del Taco filled with smoke coming from a commercial walk-in freezer unit.

YFD says the fire began in the freezer unit and had been extinguished by the sprinkler system.

YFD Fire Inspectors arrived shortly after the alarm sounded and shut down power to the freezer and the water supply to the sprinkler system.

Firefighters confirmed the fire did not spread from the original wiring where the fire started.

The flame only set back taco sales for a few hours, as the Del Taco was able to reopen a short time later in the afternoon.

YFD says fire systems can keep fires from spreading and can also extinguish them.

Thanks to the sprinkler system, this Yuma Del Taco wasn't destroyed.

Ericka Conant

Ericka Conant has served as a Digital Content Producer since October 2019. Originally from El Centro, she calls the Desert Southwest her home.

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