In June, WGNS told you about the possibility of Rutherford County requiring future homes to be built with a fire sprinkler system. Steve Jensen with the Rutherford County Homebuilders Association says that sprinklers are not needed and they won’t save lives. However, they will cost the homeowner an extra $4k - $6-thousand.
Despite pleas from homebuilders suggesting the added expense will hurt business, it appears as if the county is inching closer and closer to the idea. WGNS was told in an email from Chief Larry Farley, “Effective use of home sprinklers will be demonstrated during a planned fire next week to prepare for proposed changes in subdivision regulations.” That statement of “next week” was released last week with the date set for Thursday (Aug. 8).
The Kittrell Volunteer Fire Department and Rutherford County Fire and Rescue’s volunteer firefighters will conduct a side-by-side burn inside two 8x8-foot rooms with furniture (1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8) at Kittrell Volunteer Fire Department’s training ground, according to volunteer county Fire Marshal Ken Honeycutt. One side will have a sprinkler while the other side will not have a sprinkler.
Lisa Marchesoni, Public information officer - Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Chief Larry Farley
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