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Demonstration shows benefit of fire sprinklers

COLONIE -- Fire crews demonstrated just how effective fire sprinklers can be on Tuesday.

The New York's Fireman's Association conducted a side-by-side room burn to show what kind of difference a home sprinkler system can make.

The almost identical rooms were lit, and the one without the system quickly went up in smoke. The one with the sprinklers remained mostly intact, preventing the flames from spreading throughout the rest of the room.
           
This event was held ahead of a meeting of the New York State Fire Prevention And Building Codes Council, which will be held in a couple of weeks. They will be discussing if sprinklers should be a requirement in new residential construction.