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Posted by Stephanie on March 16, 2021

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On Friday, June 5th, 2020 at approximately 5:30 a.m., a large three-alarm fire broke out in a local 600,000-square-foot warehouse in Redlands, California. This warehouse is run by a third-party operator who ships extra-large items for Amazon, one of the world’s largest online marketplaces. Fortunately, everyone was able to safely evacuate from the building prior to it becoming engulfed in flames and determined a total loss. The city Spokesman, Carl Baker, mentioned that one of the focuses of the investigation would be why a “state-of-the-art” sprinkler system failed to limit the fire’s spread. The Redlands Fire Chief Jim Topoleski also told CBSLA:

“…We’re looking at a modern building with the latest advances installed inside the building regarding fire protection systems” …that is highly concerning.”

Redlands fire officials stated that crews had to stay at the scene for about a week to put out hot spots. The cause of the fire which is believed to be suspicious in nature. On October 23rd, 2020 a $5,000 reward was offered for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person who started the fire.

Anyone with information about the fire can contact the Redlands Fire Department tip hotline at (909) 245-6587, or email Redlands Fire investigator Chris Randolph at crandolph@confire.org or Redlands police Detective Matt Friesen at mfriesen@redlandspolice.org.

 Warehouse fires are more common than you think, they can happen to you at your facility. This is why it is important to be prepared. We can help.  

How can you protect against fire?

One way to make sure your facility is protected against a fire is to verify that your fire protection system is adequate for the commodity you are storing.  Warehouse Sprinkler Systems are an essential component to fire protection and overall warehouse safety. Since warehouse fires can quickly spread, it is not enough to have a working sprinkler system put in place, but to ensure that it is up to code based on the commodity being stored. Taking preventative measures is a must to avoid costly damages to the facility as well as prevent any employee injuries. 

If you have just moved in into a new warehouse with an existing sprinkler system, it is important to determine if it is suitable for the new commodity being stored. You might need to undergo a fire protection consultation or inspection and ensure that you have the right sprinkler system and that is up to code based on the commodity being stored.

Are you altering an existing pallet racking system or installing a whole new pallet racking system? Our team of experts will help design your warehouse to be up to code. There are many factors that go in when designing an efficient warehouse layout that is up to fire safety standards. Some of the things we look at are the size of the facility, the commodity being stored and the height it will be stored at as well as the configuration. Working along with your local governing authority for fire safety, our team designs and engineers the best solution for your facility.


  • Annual Fire Sprinkler Inspections
  • Facility Design and Layou
  • Fire Sprinkler Certifications
  • Fire High Pile Storage Permit
  • Installations

In-rack Fire Sprinkler Systems

One cost-effective fire safety solution when your system is not adequate is the use of in-rack sprinklers. Along with the standard overhead sprinkler system, in-rack sprinkles give additional protection of inventory stored on racks with high levels or that are high hazard commodities. There are many advantages for the use of in-rack sprinklers which make them and important component of your facility’s fire safety solutions. In-rack sprinkler can be required by the local governing agency based on the commodity being stored. For example most high hazard commodities require the used fire barriers and in rack sprinklers. 


  • Increased proximity to product for fast-acting fire suppression.
  • Contains and in some cases suppresses a potential fire in a specific area. 
  • Perfect for facilities with high hazard commodities if ESFR is not available.
  • Reduced installation costs compared to traditional ESFR sprinkler systems upgrades.


We’re experienced with: 

  • Ordinary Commodities 
  • High Hazard Commodities
  • Tire Storage 
  • Group A Plastics 
  • Flammable Liquids 
  • Mattresses 
  • Battery Storage 
  • Carpet Storage and more.

QMH is committed to providing end-to-end solutions for companies
with distribution, logistic and warehousing needs.

What material handling solution can we help you create?

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With over 32 years of experience in material handling, QMH is committed to providing end-to-end solutions for companies with distribution, logistic and warehousing needs. From permit approval management to full-service execution from the ground up, QMH delivers unique solutions providing distinct value in record time.