Broken Pipes Keep Fire Crews Busy

Broken Pipes Keep Fire Crews Busy

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(KSL News) We have some new information this morning on a big, wet mess in Salt Lake City.

A water line broke inside a building near State Street and Main, flooding the streets and causing thousands of dollars of damage. It turns out it had been a busy day for the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

Broken Pipes Keep Fire Crews Busy

Scott Freitag, SLC Fire Dept.: "This is actually about our sixth or seventh within a building today."

Utah's recent cold spell caused pipes all over the valley to freeze. But it warmed up yesterday, and as the pipes thawed, they cracked and leaked.

It's specifically a problem for businesses and apartment buildings with fire safety sprinkler systems.

Broken Pipes Keep Fire Crews Busy

Fire officials say to prevent more leaks-- building owners need to regulary check their sprinkler systems-- besides the flooding problems, if owners don't find the leaks, and a building catches on fire-- there won't be any water in the sprinkler system, to extinguish the flames.

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