Approximately 100 residents from an apartment complex on Willowbrook Road had been evacuated on Monday after a broken sprinkler line had flooded parts of the building.
City fire crews responded to the four-storey apartment building, containing 142 occupied units and controlled water flow by shutting off water to the damaged line. The evacuated residents were temporarily sheltered in an adjacent complex and were let back into the building one hour later.
"Once the water was shut off we realized that there was still heating in the building, the residents would be safe, and they were allowed to return," stated Deputy Fire Chief Garth Rabel. "It's also important that the building owner must put a fire warden in place, which means someone must be monitoring that building. If the alarms go off, the sprinkler system on one level won't. [This is why] they had to put a fire warden in place, which was assisting to bring things back up to speed."
"Salvage and efforts were completed on the main floor hallway and lobby area and a building Manager requested contractors to attend the scene to evaluate the damage and start remediation work," The City stated.
Deputy Fire Chief added there has been an influx of these types of calls for service in light of the extreme cold and now the temperatures fluctuating.
"Just this morning we had two additional calls [for] commercial buildings with ruptured water lines."
No injuries were reported. The city noted that the fluctuating weather conditions caused the line breakage on Monday.
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