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Building Evacuated When Busted Pipe Creates Gaping Hole

1:49 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Tenants of an apartment building in High Point evacuated Tuesday night, when a sprinkler pipe broke and subsequently created an eight-by-eight-foot hole in the ceiling of the top floor.

High Point Fire Department captain Denita Lynch said crews responded to the Palladium Park Apartments at 8:15 Tuesday night. They discovered the hole, and upon tenants' evacuation to the complex clubhouse, they shut off the sprinkler system and disconnected power.

Lynch said one person was injured when he fell down the stairs during evacuation, but he refused treatment offered by EMS.

Lynch said the Red Cross is helping two families, but she could not confirm whether those two families were the only tenants displaced by the incident.

The fire department currently is on scene at the Palladium Park Apartments responding to another pipe leak. Lynch said in this case, the pipe did not cause structural damage, so no one has been evacuated from that building. Lynch said when it is cold, it is common for pipes to leak, but she said it is unusual for those leaks to create structural damage.

Due to the ongoing inspection and safety concerns, the apartment complex manager did not allow WFMY News 2 inside the building to see the hole. He did affirm all tenants are safe and had a warm place to stay Tuesday night.

WFMY News 2

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