During February, a fire at an Auckland Outlet Mall threatened the livelihood of store owners and staff. It was the professional alarm system and response plans in place that averted what was a potentially devastating fire as it was able to be extinguished in its early stages. The fire occurred shortly before midnight, caused by an appliance at a fast food restaurant. The fire was first detected by the monitored fire alarm system. Fast response by Matrix Security Patrol Officers and the Fire Brigade prevented damage to any nearby stores. Too often businesses become complacent about fire safety as many activations are false alarms. Fire can spread from the size of a toaster to the size of a car in seconds so comprehensive plans and fast response is crucial.