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Sprinklers shut off during Galleria blaze; investigators ask why

ROSEVILLE (AP) – The city confirms fire sprinklers were shut off when an arsonist touched off a blaze that destroyed a quarter of a 1.3 million-square-foot California mall.

Roseville spokeswoman Megan MacPherson told the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday that the Westfield Galleria’s sprinkler system wasn’t operating during last week’s fire that quickly spread through the mall.

McPherson says an investigation will determine when the sprinklers were deactivated and who ordered the shut down.

Fire safety experts say the sprinkler system would normally have been able to contain the fire until firefighters got inside to extinguish it completely. They also said it is protocol for sprinklers to remain on until firefighters have determined that a fire is out.

Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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