University of Alaska Fairbanks pipe rupture blamed on steam

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Overheated steam is believed to have caused the rupture of a pipe that resulted in the loss of heat and water for some buildings at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( reports that water damage prompted the relocation of 15 Walsh Hall residents following the rupture Monday.

Officials say the rupture occurred at an expansion joint designed to shrink and grow with changing temperatures.

According to officials, heat escaping from the rupture caused multiple holes in water lines.

UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes says the line has been patched by crews. But she adds that more extensive repairs will need to be completed later.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner,

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