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Operating sprinkler system helped save Agawam DPW building from fire

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Agawam firefighters responded to dump truck that caught fire inside of the Department of Public Works garage at 1000 Suffield Street on Saturday morning.

Agawam Fire Chief Alan Sirois told CBS 3 that firefighters found heavy smoke near the DPW garage area of the building upon arrival

Sirois says the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

The fire was put out within 15 minutes by responding crews after a brief struggle of battling the fire through thick smoke.

"There's no doubt in my mind that the sprinklers prevented a huge amount of damage," Sirois said. "If the sprinklers were not in place, we would have lost a large number of the vehicles and probably a large portion of the building as well."

Suffield Street was reopened to traffic just before noon on Saturday.

Damage to the building was minimal thanks to the proper alarm and sprinkler system in place. No one was injured.

The fire is not believed to be suspicious but an investigation is ongoing by both the Agawam Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals Office. 

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