Sprinkler Douses Candles on Birthday Cake

The cake with the lit candles was placed atop a washer in a closet.


April 29--It's a surprise birthday party that a 20-year-old Deerfield Beach man will never forget.

His family hid his cake on a washing machine in the closet of apartment 206, in the Waterways complex at 4365 SW 10th Pl. around 9 p.m. Monday, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles.

"They closed the closet with the candles lit to surprise him," Jachles said. "But, they were surprised when they opened the closet door to get the cake and were met with a barrage of water from the sprinkler that had gone off."

Firefighters responded to the alarm but found no flames. Apartments 206 and 106 below were flooded, displacing both families, he said.

There were no injuries reported.

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